After making 3 dresses in a week, I was itching to make another to see if I could push myself to 4! 🙂 I looked in my pattern stash and decided to go vintage as I hadn’t done a vintage make for quite a while. I ended up choosing the one that I thought would the quickest make; the New Look Maudella 6517. This one also counts towards my vintage pledge. I can’t find the pattern anywhere online for an actual release date but from looking at other pattern covers and illustrations I think it might be late 70s/ early 80s…which is now classed as vintage isn’t it? If anyone does know when this pattern was made, please let me know!
This pattern was gifted to me from Adam’s Mum. I’ve never really been a fan of bandeau type dresses so I chose to make view 1, with the cross-over straps. It had already been cut out to a size 12 and according to the pattern sizing chart, that would be 4 inches too small everywhere! I decided to take the risk anyway as I have made a couple of older size 12s and they have been fine. With the dress being backless and elasticated, I figured that if it was too small I could alter the elastic and button positions.
The skirt was constructed from 4 panels. The front is gathered to match the bodice and the back is gathered with elastic. The bodice is made from 2 identical pieces; one forms the outer piece (on show) and the other forms the lining. In future, I could possibly use another fabric for the lining to add a bit of extra detail.
The whole thing came together in a couple of hours, which I didn’t think was bad at all to say this was lined, gathered, has elastic & buttons! The only adjustment that I needed to make was the length. I ended up taking 5 inches off, taking it just to the knee. 🙂 The cotton was a cheap buy at $1.60 per yard and it really feels light and perfect for the Summer! I’m slightly daunted at the fact that I can’t wear a bra with this dress…but I don’t think It will matter too much…it’s not very cold in Alabama!! It was a perfect cozy cover up though for the beach! 🙂