Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wedding Dress Pattern Help!

OK fellow costumers and vintage lovers. I need your help locating a pattern!! Specifically McCall 8315. I am desperately searching for a copy of this pattern in my size, or close to my size. (Ideally 32" to 34" bust although I could scale down a 36" bust if I needed to.) Or a pattern that is very similar. Can anyone help??

It just hit me today that I have about four months to go until the wedding and I have no dress. :( I have fabric, oh plenty of fabric. Yards of ivory lace and some ivory silk backed velvet, but no pattern. Well, actually I had one in mind, my 1930s Bestway Fashion evening dress pattern, but after making a test muslin decided I hated the little gathered bodice. I thought I could combine the skirt of that pattern with the bodice from another pattern .... three test muslins later .... fail. It's just not going to work. And now I don't know what to do.

I've given up trying to shop for a modern dress because nothing feels right and fits with our 1930s/40s wedding theme. I could wear one of my 1940s satin wedding gowns but, eh, I'm just not feeling the satin.  That and I don't want long sleeves and can't bring myself to alter a vintage gown to that extent.

So now this is the pattern I have my heart set on but must prepare myself for the fact that I may not be able to get a copy. I saw McCall 8315 posted on Mom's Vintage Patterns Facebook page last week. It's not one of her patterns just one of the many gorgeous vintage evening fashions she shared recently.

I love everything about this pattern. The cut of the skirt, the little sleeves and gathered bodice, and of course the back! The only change I would make is to add a little sweep train. If you own this pattern would you be willing to make a tracing for me?? Pretty please? I would be eternally grateful and will happily trace a pattern of your choosing from my own stash in exchange.

McCall 8315 - I need to find a copy!!!
Oh, and just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day of my Etsy brithday sale and the last day to enter my surprise giveaway!. Don't miss out!


  1. This is a grand pattern I hope you find this one or something similar. It's difficult to find early 30s gowns patterns. I can see why you love this one so much.

  2. I don't know if this will help any, but Mrs. Depew has quite a few 1930's evening gown patterns that you might be able to use if you can't find the original pattern. You can see them here:

    Hope you can find it!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  3. This one from the vintage pattern lending library comes pretty close, I think it should be easy enough to add the sleeves!

  4. SelvedgeShop doesn't have anything right now, but you can always check back! I love this store:

  5. Hi! I've been a reader for a while but first time commenting! They have McCall 8315 at the Commercial Pattern Archive at

    They have a picture of the back of the pattern with the pattern pieces. It doesn't always work, but I've had luck recently with enlarging the pattern pieces from this site to make a working pattern. If you don't have a projector or something else, I was able to take the glass from a picture frame and trace the pattern piece on it with a whiteboard marker and using a flashlight behind the glass adjusted it till it was projecting about my size on the wall. I was then able to trace it and make a mockup of it and adjust it from there. I hope that makes sense? It may be a way to at least get the pattern, though it still may be hard to put together without the instructions.

    Good luck on the dress!!

  6. Thanks for all the tips! You gals are great!! :)


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