Wednesday, 11 April 2012

50s Work Dress, M6201 or V8511?

When my friend was down from Queensland over the weekend, we spent one of our days at the shopping centre. This was the first time in months since I have stayed inside a shopping centre for longer than 10 minutes. Usually I step in to use buy a smoothie while on my way to the fabric store which is outside of the centre. I could never stand shopping centres, even before I started sewing. The bright lights and masses of slow moving people and prams... drives me nuts. If I have something to shop for, I am in and out within the hour, or I shop during my work lunch break. Then I discovered online shopping, and my trips to the shopping centre became less and less frequent... then I started sewing... and here we are.

I didn't find much I wanted to buy on our shopping trip, most dresses I saw, I could try and make myself. I even saw a red dress that looked exactly like my red dress but without the collars. I ended up only buying a stripey button up cardigan (buttons looked like they needed to be redone), two burnt orange blouses with exposed zipper at the back (one for me, one for mum - so we can match, hehe), and a sewing book.

I did find a dress that I want to replicate. A 50s Work dress. I am in love with Megan from Mad Men. She is so pretty and she rocks them shift dresses! Especially at work, so when I saw this dress at the shopping centre, it caught my attention and reminded me of Megan.


Look at the cute collars!
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Ahh Megan. So pretty. When I saw her in Don's office telling him she wanted to be a copywriter and she smiled, I was immediately attracted to her teeth, they make her so adorable! I was a bit surprised that Don proposed to her, but I am so happy they are together because they make such a stunning couple, much better than Don and Betty. Don better not cheat on her!!!

Alright, so with the dress that I am hoping to replicate, it has princess seams, cap sleeves and collars.
I can draft the collars, might be challenging because they are not symmetrical but I don't imagine them being too hard to figure out.

I have two patterns in mind: the M6201 (View A) or the V8511 (View A)


M6201 or V8511  = Inspiration dress?


The M6201 is very shift-like, has cap sleeves and bodice darts. Skirt looks fairly fitted.
The V8511 has princess seamed bodice, but it is sleeveless and the skirt looks has pleats. Both necklines look similar.

I really wanted to make a dress that has a princess seamed bodice, but I think I might be leaning towards the M6201 because it has the cap sleeves.

What do you think?



9 comments:

  1. I hate slow moving people too haha :D I'm absolutely unable to walk slowly!

    That black dress is adorable btw :)

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    1. I am on a mission when I am at the shopping centre hehehe

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  2. I, too, can't stand trying to work my way around strollers! Also, I'm pretty sure I've run over kids in the past...does that make me a bad person?

    Anyway, I think the M6201 has the more fitted, Mad Men look you may be looking for, but that really depends on how errr, pleat-y the pleats are on the V8511. That said, V8511 may be more comfortable for everyday wear since it's less form-fitting. I have to thank you, though, for posting V8511 because I've been looking for a princess seam bodice where the seams go up the shoulders and not to the underarm.

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    1. I walk into kids... then I scream and scare the shit out of the parents lol. The V8511 skirt looks "tulipy", but you are right, it would be more comfy for everyday wear :)

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  3. That black dress is very cute! (As are Megan's dresses!) I think the McCall option is the closer match. Changing darts to princess seams is supposed to be fairly easy (I haven't tried it). Burda has a tutorial you may consider so you can alter the McCall dress to have the princess seams you want. Change Darts to Princess Seams Butterick 4443 also has a princess seam bodice with cap sleeves but, you'd have to swap it's skirt for a slimmer one.

    Can't wait to see it!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I might challenge myself in the future and change the M6201 to princess seams!! Princess seams are so easy! I started the dress tonight, and apart from having to cut out extra pieces, it is so quick! No dart :)

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  4. Both patterns are lovely, I am just like you and always see dresses now that I think I could make myself! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. You should look at Butterick 5277 because the collar almost matches the inspiration dress. I have made it and to great success. Its on clearance now: http://butterick.mccall.com/b5277-products-3153.php?page_id=1185

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  6. i love the yellow dress:Jackie look!

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