Hot! MTL: Rhubarb Harvest Dress

Today's MTL has been driving me crazy since I first received the request at the beginning of this month.

Kristen writes:

"I have recently stumbled upon your make this look feature, and I have to say, I am taken aback.  I spend forever trying to figure out how to make a dress work from a pattern by adapting it, but I just have trouble wrapping my brain around it. I have been lusting after the Rhubarb harvest dress @ modcloth, the kimono sleeves, I can't seem to find a pattern that has the sleeve and skirt combo.  Can you take pity on my conundrum?"

Even though this dress is very basic, a modern pattern doesn't seem to exist that combines the major elements of the dress — namely the sleeves and full skirt. Here's the closest combination I could find:

However, if you want to go the vintage route, Simplicity 2573 might do the trick.

Original Inspiration

  • Rhubarb Harvest Dress from ($179.99)


  • Fabric: Hoo's in the Forest Pin Dot Red ($7.98 per/yd)
  • Pattern: Simplicity 2588 or Simplicity 2573 (vintage)


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I don´t know if this will help, but I made a dress that looked like that once, its Burda Magazine 11/2007 125. It is a reprint of a vintage Burda pattern. I have a picture of it here, it´s got both the kimono sleeves with gussets, and the same construction in the bodice. The neckline on my dress is a V, though, but that is easily adjusted, I´d think.
    Also, Sherry of pattern-scissors-cloth made a great tutorial on inserting the gussets on this dress, a while ago.

  2. Clarissa Henderson

    This pattern is one I keep wanting to make, but never seem to get around to. Not sure why.
    As for the full skirt, there’s always the option of the frankenpattern. My best luck with frankenpatterning (not a word, but I’m going with it) is sticking with the same pattern manufacturer. Simplicity 4070 has a really nice full skirt that you could substitute. That’s my two cents.
    I also love the Make This Look installments. They always inspire me. :)

  3. I love the Simplicity 2573 pattern, it is my favorite pattern right now (I just made two dresses in a row from it, and I have another one planned!). The yoke gives it a kind of high neck, so I wonder if the dress could be made without the yoke, but you would have to create a new neck facing. It would be really easy to shift the pleats in the middle to gathers on the side. I’m not sure about the sleeves. I agree with you that it is hard to find modern basic patterns – I have been searching and searching!

  4. I’ve been dress shopping recently for something to wear to a weekend wedding, but come up empty handed. If only my sewing skills were better, I would try & tackle this dress in the next few days. Oh well, it will just have to be put on the “To Make” list for a later date.

  5. I love this pattern, its wonderful but I was wondering where you got the fabric you have listed here? I love the color but I can’t seem to find anything like it at any of the fabric stores near me.