Hot! The “5 Patterns in One” Dress


The Facts

Fabric: Brown/Black Herringbone Suiting- $10
Pattern: New Look 6000
Year: 2012
Notions: A zipper and button
Time to Complete: 4 hours
First Worn: Haven’t had a chance yet!
Wear Again: All the time!

Total Price: $12

My inspiration for this challenge comes from a fantastic website called Shabby Apple.  If you haven’t been there you need to go check them out.  They make fantastic dresses with a retro feel.  And they also donate a percentage of their proceeds to women’s and children’s charities!  The original dress is olive twill with a large fold over collar and gathers at the waistband.  A couple of buttons fills out the design.  After Class is $78 at Shabby Apple.

Here is the side detail of the dress.

I borrowed this pattern from a friend because I loved the collar.  I decided to follow the pattern more instead of the original dress as I thought it would be more flattering on my frame (pertaining to the waist details).

Here is the fantastic large collar of the dress.

This dress took longer to sew than I’m used to because I had to make a bunch of alterations to the original pattern.  I loved the side detail on this dress, but that design didn’t have bust darts!   I cannot wear a fitted dress without darts!  That’s just a bad idea.  So I combined the two styles to have the side detail and bust darts.  I then had to taper the pattern to three different sizes for chest, waist, and hips.  I choose short sleeves so I could wear it for most of the year too.  After all that was done I was finally able to get down to sewing.  Oh, and I moved the zipper from the back to the side because I didn’t have a long enough zipper.

I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, but it will be a great dress to wear teaching!  Or even just out to dinner.  Right now it’s keeping my dress form warm!  I couldn’t go outside to take photos this week, because Chicago got our yearly blizzard!



Becky Bean has been sewing since she was in elementary school, including personal use, for other people, a mini alteration business, and a stint in a theatre costume shop! She loves vintage style and is hoping to find more time in her busy schedule to keep up the weekly sewing!


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  1. This is so chic, sexy and classic! You look amazing :)

  2. Love the details! Great dress!

  3. This is a fantastic reinterpretation! Shabby Apple has a lot of great inspiration.

  4. Oh, how I love this!

  5. Are you a fellow teacher? It’s tough finding the time to sew with a full time teaching job. Kudos to you for making such a great dress. I have that pattern and I have made that version twice! I also like the the straight version that comes with it. It’s great to see it in a a Herringbone Suiting.

  6. The side details on this dress are amazing and you have really put together a most elegant dress. Too good to waste on students!!

  7. Great job with that side detailing! I’m going to have to look up that pattern now!

  8. Love the waist detail. Great dress.

  9. This looks great!!!!!

  10. Great dress, love the side pleats.

  11. Love this dress! Look great on you.

  12. Love the collar and fabric selection. Looks great on you.

  13. Fabulous dress!! I adore the alterations you made – it fits you so well! Bravo, my dear :)

  14. The side detail is stunning. So flattering!