Winter is Coming (so you might need a new dress)

So hey, new dress:

This is a very faithful (for me) rendition of McCall’s 6727:

(pattern image from )

I mean, I did change up a couple of things; the pockets in this pattern are topstitched to the skirt front, so I added a facing instead (as I am not under any kind of wartime fabric restrictions). And of course I made them significantly bigger (they’re bigger on the INSIDE). And I added piping. Here’s a view including the side zip:

I keep getting that little diagonal pull at the top of the zipper, I think I’m adding ease to the side seams wrong.  ¯_(ツ)_/¯

I also added a few inches to the center back — I usually need more ease in what I will euphemistically call my “lower-lower back” and this is a lazy way to get it:

The skirt here is longer than my preferred summer skirt length — I like a nearly tea-length skirt in the winter to wear with knee socks and boots. (That gap between the top of the sock and bottom of the skirt irritates me.)

The square neckline is a little deep, but not uncomfortably so (so far):

And I did the bodice facings in gingham, because I like the contrast of camo and gingham and also because why not:

I’m planning on wearing this (and have worn it) with a thin long-sleeved black tee underneath, black socks, and black roper boots. (And, of course, camo is a neutral that goes with everything.)

I’ve made this one more time, in a thin silk-cotton basketweave fabric in a deep deep olive-y/loden green, which I’ll be wearing it to give a talk about words on . 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Winter is Coming (so you might need a new dress)

  1. I love that dress! Simple yet lots of details. Btw. I know what you mean about the boot/dress gap. It’s not pretty, neither does it feel good in arctic temps.

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  2. Nice dress! I particularly like the combination of fabrics and yes, it is pretty good to be able to sew 1940’s designs without the constraints of fabric rationing…

    About the pulling at the top of the zipper: My guess would be that it is caused because the bodice edges which are attached to the zipper were slightly stretched during sewing. Because bodice edges are usually at a bit of an angle, the fabric has some give and because the zipper creates a rigid edge, the pulled-out fabric can’t collapse back in on itself.
    The easiest way to avoid this would be to use a very lightweight interfacing on the edge where you are going to attach the zipper. Some people use on-grain strips of silk organze basted in place, I can never find that stuff and I’m lazy and I use light-weight fusible interfacing of a variety that doesn’t stretch when cut vertically.

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    • Thanks so much! I found this fabric (I think) at Fabric Outlet in the Mission is SF, but I found out the other day that it is called Navy Working camo or “blueberries” camo. 🙂

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  3. Hi Erin
    Just stumbled across your lovely site. Inspiring. Is it possible to grt hold ofvthe McCalls 6727 pattern? Am in London btw. Thanks!

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