Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Halter dress pattern, 1972

Halter dress pattern, 1972
I love love love this pattern, but it's way too small for me, and I'm not well enough versed in how to alter a pattern to make it larger. (31-1/2 bust ain't gonna cut it!). It's so timeless though, and the cut so flattering. I may take a class in pattern alteration, and I would love to learn how to make a pattern off a favorite item of clothing. I need to copy a jacket and a pair of shorts right now, and I don't know where to begin.


Blogger Jennicakes said...


I've been looking for a pattern JUST like that. Thanks for posting - I'll have to save the pattern #.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that really is a beautiful dress.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

Upsizing patterns is tricky. I've taken classes, but have not mastered it. To duplicate favorite clothing find "Patterns from Finished Clothes" by Tracy Doyle in the library. I'm pretty sure the Chula Vista system has it.

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Calico Cat said...

o.k. pattern gal... I am looking for a "cheap" current pattern for womans pj bottoms... Any pattern numbers floating in your head?

11:58 AM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

Love it a thousand times over!

12:07 PM  
Blogger AFHMOM said...

Here is a place to start making your pattern from a favorite piece of clothing. Put a piece of paper, (blank newsprint roll works nice) on a towel (for padding) on top of a table. Then stretch out a part of the clothing and prick with a sturdy needle. This starts your pattern pieces. you will add seam allowances. And it will not be perfect, you will adjust, add for pleats, darts, etc, but it is a starting point! You keep moving to a new part of paper, turn garment over and stretch out a new section. You can even copy a unique jean pocket design with this method. This sure beats trying to rip out the seams and try that way (not to successful!)

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm told that if you trace the seam allowance around the outside of the pattern, you'll get two sizes. (So, if you only want one size up, half the seam allowance when you draw around the pattern.) When you sew, use the original seam allowance.

When I duplicate a pattern, I first make a trip to the dollar store and buy a disposable table cloth, or two. (I prefer the ones with the felted backs if they have them. I have used the plastic ones but, they're slippery and hard to work with. The paper ones are easier to use.) The width and length of a disposable tablecloth is great for copying pattern pieces or upsizing so you don't have to piece with tape.

Good luck.
--Rev. Rosie
Blue ribbons for sewing since age 9 (over 40 years).

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the same exact pattern on sales@echovintage.com but a size 12. I ordered it on Jan 20 but it is Jan 30th and I have not yet received it. But anyways, go to the pattern and there are links to teach you how to make a bigger pattern. I have not tried the technique myself, but it is worth a try. Good luck.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi J,

I use this site all the time to resize vintage patterns and thought it might help you:


And if you really, really, cant do it on your own I can make it for you :) I sorry - I dont want to sound like Im advertising, but I know not everyone sews now and thats what I do for a living... just an option :)

Best of luck to you!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Omi said...

I love this pattern, it is what I was looking for!
Do you know where I could find the pattern?
Thank you

6:44 PM  
Blogger woof nanny said...

The pattern is out of print but occasionally available on ebay. I gave the pattern as a gift to a friend, so I no longer have it

8:02 AM  

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