Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kate Spade/early 1960s inspired Cocktail Dress

Y'all wanted pictures of my dress? Well, here they are my dears. {The bodice does fit right. It just doesn't look like it in a few of the pictures.}

Pattern: I used vintage McCall's 5294 for the bodice & sleeves.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them. For this is a really basic pattern and I was doing my own thing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I can easily make this in one evening {5PM - 11:59PM with a few breaks for dinner & a snack}. Hurray!

Fabric Used: One of the fabrics in the Casa Collection from Joann Fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added a pleat to the top of the sleeve {instead of making it smooth} to make it more modern. I also used just two rectangles of fabric that was box pleated to the bodice for the skirt {inspired by Kate Spade cocktail dresses}.

Would you sew it again? Yes! This is a nice basic pattern.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!


  1. I like it, Ashley! I'd like to make one sometime..I love sewing dresses. And vintage is also something I love. I made a 4o's or 50ish yellow dress this summer.


  2. Wow! I love it! It's cool that you sewed it! :D

  3. Love the style; I am deeply in love with pleats right now.

  4. Wow! You are super talented! I wish I could sew that well! Beautiful job.

  5. you look simply beautiful... I'd love to be able to make my own clothes.

  6. Beautiful, Ashley!! I was anxiously waiting for you to post about it. You did a fabulous job. I love your bracelets, and your hair looks so cute.
    Kate Spade has so many lovely things!!
    xxx Achaia

  7. You did a beautiful job on the dress and it looks gorgeous on you as well.


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