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GREEN RETRO DRESS – NEW LOOK 6000

Hello everyone!  I made this retro-style – scuba knit dress last week for a special occasion.  I had the honor of attending the wedding of a very special young lady this past weekend, named Chelsea.  Her mom, Rose, and I have been friends since Chelsea was a baby.  We met through the MOMS Club in our town.  It’s a support group for moms of infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.  We got together weekly to interact with each other and allow our children to play together.  We had play groups, park days, holiday parties, birthday parties, field trips, moms night out, and other fun activities for our children.  In the process we were getting our much needed adult conversation and time together.  I credit having this support team of women with helping me to be a better mom for my children.  Over the years, special bonds were built and lifetime friendships resulted.  Chelsea is the first, of all our children, to get married.  It was so nice being there with all the moms, standing proud, as we watched this beautiful young lady walk the aisle to say, “I do,” to Andrew.  She’s married now!  Mrs. Chelsea Gomez!  Wow!  I still can’t believe one of our children is married.  Anyway, we all now have our first son-in-law.  Andrew seems to be a nice young man.  His parents were a blast at the wedding.  Chelsea and Andrew got married on his mom’s birthday and she said getting Chelsea as a daughter-in-law is the BEST gift she’s ever received.  She was honored to have them say their vows on her special day.

GREEN RETRO DRESS – NEW LOOK 6000

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I absolutely love this dress pattern.  I’ve had it for a long time and remember being drawn to the collar and sleeve cuffs immediately.  It’s a very classy look, and the side pleats are a very nice detail which add even more character.  I’m considering making the sleeveless View B for a summer look.

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Where would you wear this dress?  It can be worn to church, dinner date at a fine dining restaurant, work (especially if you’re the boss lady), wedding, business conference, tea party.  For ladies with long hair, it would be so elegant worn with your hair pulled up to expose your neck, with pearl or diamond earrings.  I kept my jewelry simple with a  pair of rhinestone button earrings and diamond bracelet.  Yes, I mix costume jewelry with my good stuff sometimes.

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I opted for full rhinestone buttons for my collar and sleeve embellishments, knowing they would look amazing against the deep green.  I had a pair of shoes that I thought would look nice but when I tried them on with the dress they just weren’t enough.  I needed more BLING!  So, I went shoe shopping two days before the wedding (not good, I know), and found myself in a pickle.  Every shoe that made me squeal was not available in my size.  I almost settled for a pair that were nice enough, but not WOW!  Then I decided to try one more store.  That’s where I found them.  The SHOES that would bring the entire look together.

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Design Changes

You will notice on the pattern envelope that the side pleats and collar overlap are on the model’s left side.  I changed mine to the right side, but I didn’t plan it that way.  As I was sewing the side pleats I actually liked the wrong side, where the stitches were visible, better than the right side where you’re only supposed to see the soft drape of the pleats.  Because I can do whatever I want when sewing my own clothes, I decided to flip it over and use the wrong side as my right side.  Fortunately my fabric is the same on both sides.  Because I flipped sides, I also had to change the collar overlap to the opposite side.  Maybe some will think it’s crazy to show the wrong side of the pleats but it works for me.  Hahaha!

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I LOVE this DRESS!  I’m gonna say this is my new favorite.  It’s the fabric.  The fabric makes the dress what it is.  If you went into a department store to purchase this dress, you would pay a pretty penny.  Guess how much it cost me to make it? It only cost me $53.00 (including tax).  Now THAT makes me smile.

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Create the Look

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Anita

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Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 112 Comments

  1. M Munshower

    Beautiful! Absolutely love the retro style.

  2. K.Ricker

    Absolutely stunning!

  3. Carloss Dorsey

    Hello Anita,
    Would love to own this gorgeous dress,
    Please email and tell me how much?

  4. nicole watbled

    Hello Anita, how beautiful! Ten (an hundred 😉 times better than the original picture on the pattern! Congratulations for being so creative and talenting.

  5. michelle

    hello I love the dress!! Actually I have a 2 piece outfit with almost the same style collar. I subscribed to your site, but was wondering if you have any more dress ideas for the scuba material or any other material type. I am not into sewing because of time, but I love putting designs together. My seamstress love that I always push her into doing new things!! and I must share your site with her.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you for subscribing Michelle. Sorry I wasn’t able to get back to you when you sent this comment. The last year has been a tough one. Blessings to you and your family.

  6. Tina Marie

    I love this dress and cannot wait to make it. The fabric is out of stock at the link you provided however I found some other sources. Do you recall the fabric’s thickness (millimeters) ?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Tina. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to respond to you at the time you sent this message. I’ve made my way back to the blog after a difficult year. I don’t know the thickness of the fabric.

  7. Linda

    It’s been a while since you made this dress. It’s my all time favorite.I am right size 42, the pattern only goes to a sixteen. Is this ok, making adjustments in the bust, waist, and hips. Bust 46.5
    Waist 43.5
    Hips 45. Is this dress pattern for a smaller person. Please reply soon, as I have a special event on 3/31/18. Thank you!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Linda! Sorry I couldn’t get back to you. It’s been a whirlwind of a year. I hope you were able to find your answer. You can adjust any size pattern.

  8. Barbara C.

    This dress is so adorable. It’s the perfect power dress while being so feminine and graceful. Love love your You Tube videos. Prays for you and your family in the new year. All the best and God speed. Bc and family

  9. Maria Vega Baxter

    I love your website and your style.

    It’s so hard to find classy clothing much less anyone who can show you the how to’s.

    I’ve been looking for a dress like the green one here, I owned one before but of course as favorite clothes go.

    Thank you for sharing your gift with us all

  10. Larry Brown

    Hi, Anita! – I’m planning on making this dress for a friend of mine and she has to have the EXACT fabric that you made this dress with. I’ve searched online and did find some at Denver Fabrics, but they had horrible reviews. May I ask where you got the fabric for this dress? I love my dear friend and she has her heart set on it exactly as you’ve made it so I’d like to do my best in making it like that.

    Thank you!

    Larry Brown

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Larry! I purchased it at Michael Levine Fabrics, Downtown Los Angeles. The website is lowpricefabrics.com. Have fun sewing the dress for your friend. She is one blessed lady to have someone take such care in providing her with a beautiful dress just as she wants it. Blessings to you.

  11. Branda

    Love, Love, Love, your exquisite style and taste in clothing and fabric choices.
    Question…. How do you think this dress would look in a Ponte knit?

    Stay stylish and blessed!

  12. D. J.

    Absolutely fabulous!!! You are rocking that pink and green my dear. You wear it well. In any case, I am looking for more luncheon, meeting, brunch, and church dresses patterns like this. There is nothing like the classic 1950s flair… and what a conversation starter. Please keep them coming. Unquestionable class and style. This is indeed is an investment peace.

  13. TebbyK

    You are a selfless queen.keep going.God bless the work of your hands.loving you from Botswana.

  14. Diana

    I absolutely love this dress, color and design! You are quite the craftsman(woman)! So well made! (You have an incredible figure by the way!)

  15. Angela Jones

    I love it?☺? I would love to make that.

  16. V

    This is absolutely wonderful! You look fantastic (love the styling, bag and SHOES, too) and the dress is even mote stunning than I could ever imagine. I want to throw all my fabric out and go sjopping for scuba knit right now! ?

  17. James

    Those visible pleats make the dress. They’re the give a distinct linear value and texture to such a perfectly smooth look. Great call!

  18. Laura

    You look fabulous Love the dress

  19. Garnetta

    You look amazing. I was Blessed with the talent of sewing. I simply love the dress and would be elated to add to my collection (lol). Do you sale your items or take order request?

  20. Aniema

    Hi Anita,this dress is great,I live in Nigeria and there is no place I can find the patterns to buy so I create my own patterns and I have been able to sew a few of the dresses you showcase on your blog.please I want to enquire about the retro style green dress( New Look 6000), is there a provision made on the pattern for the pleats like an extension on that side of the pattern or something? please a quick response is needed. thanks and may God continue to increase you in wisdom.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Aniema! That’s so awesome that you’ve been able to create your own patterns by looking at the dresses I’ve made. I would love to have that talent one day.

      The front pattern piece for this dress has an overage of fabric where the pleats are formed. I hope I can explain this properly. If you look at the front piece, one side has a regular straight side, but the other side where the pleat is has a portion that curves outward with points. So when you form the pleats that side straightens to match the other side. Hope this helps.

  21. Netty Messam.

    Good day to you Anieta, can you please show us how to make the Retro green dress.

  22. Debra Brown

    Absolutely beautiful. Love it!

  23. Sophia Shamburger

    How can I order this dress?

  24. Elizabeth

    Hello Ana
    Awesome tutorial, that dress look amazing, great job
    you make look easy, but i think the passion you put in, is what make the dress look beautiful, it look amazing in you as well.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Elizabeth!

  25. Vickie

    I have a question about wearing the scuba knit fabris. I have been trying to decide between two patterns, dress or slacks in black scuba. My question is, did you notice a significant cling factor with the fabric? Does wearing a dress with this knit require investment in foundation wear like spanx and a full petticoat or can you slip it over standard foundation garments without feeling like you’re wrapped in plastic wrap? I’ve made knit garments before that have good structure and ease but wrapped themselves into tourniquets, does scuba do this?
    Thank you in advance! 🙂 Your dress is perfectly divine! You look superlative in it, congrats.

    1. Anita Morris

      OMGoodness Vickie! I remember typing a response to your question, then I see today that it’s not here. I probably didn’t hit the “post” button. I’m so sorry about that.

      Yes, you will need to wear foundation garments with the scuba knit (at least I do). My experience is that it shows EVERY dimple (especially with pants). I wore spanx with this dress.

      Thank you so much!

      1. Teshea

        Hi Anita!

        Could a lining be sewn into this dress to help or would that be too thick for this material?

        Thank you!

      2. Debra Brown

        I absolutely agree.

  26. Sarah

    I happened upon your blog from your posting on PatternReview.com. This dress is unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. I feel that God comes through for us when we experience beauty in our world. You have done that here for me. I am just in awe.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oooh, Sarah! Thank you so much!

  27. Crystal

    Did you make the purse too? It’s a perfect match!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Crystal! Yes, I did make the purse. I will be doing a video tutorial on it soon.

  28. Hannah

    How did you find working with scuba for this pattern? I’ve made one in crêpe and I’ve got some ponte Roma lined up for the next one (wedding on 18th Feb…!!!) But the way this dress looks in scuba is wonderful!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Hannah! OMGosh, the scuba is so EASY to work with. I think you will like it.

  29. Cassandra Brecht

    Absolutely stunning! I’ve been afraid to work with scuba knit, but seeing this makes me really want to try it. And I’m totally stealing your idea about using the “wrong” side of the pleated fabric . . . after all, Claire Schaeffer says that the right side of the fabric is the side you like!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Cassandra! The scuba knit is so EASY to work with. You should definitely give it a try! Yes, “…the right side of the fabric is the side you like.” Love that quote!

  30. Shubila

    I love the dress , If only I could pay for you to make one for me , am willing to do that . Can we negotiate ?Please

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Shubila! Thank you so much, but I don’t sew for others.

  31. Teresa Hasen

    The look is beautiful on you and one I would love to make and work toward looking good on mr since I am a size 22 but on you beautiful and I would like to know more about scuba knit fabric never heard of it and I love the pleats or seams and collar .

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Teresa! You can enter scuba knit in google and you’ll get information about the fabric.

  32. Ann Carbone

    this dress is amazing . I have the pattern and its in my to try list
    is the large collar piece the same as in the pattern or did you enlargen ..

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Ann! Thank you so much! It’s really an easy pattern to follow. I didn’t make any changes to the collar.

  33. Madi

    I saw the movie Hidden Figures and I became so enamored with the costuming. The dresses were amazing. I love these retro style outfits. You did an amazing job crafting this gorgeous dress! STUNNING. You (this dress) is very Tippy Headren a a’ la The Birds. That green dress. ICONIC.

  34. Susan Child

    Absolutely lovely – love this dress and the blue dress – you inspired me to purchase both patterns. Love your blog – very classy.

  35. Doja

    You Look absolutely regal! An outfit fit for the Queen that you are! Beautiful pictures!

  36. Eb

    Absolutely awesome dress. Can you tell me where you got this green scuba knit in it or what the Brand is. This is the exact color and texture that I’ve been looking for. ( I also left his question on sewing.patternreview.com)
    Thanks si much fir the tip(-:

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Eb! I purchased the green scuba knit from Michael Levine. I linked to it in the post but unfortunately this green color isn’t showing. I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t have it or that it just isn’t on the website. I don’t know the brand. You may want to contact the store by phone to see if they have it in-store and if they can ship it to you.

  37. Pat

    Wow girl. I’ gonna start following you. impeccable sewing, ironing, hemming. I could go on and on. Maybe this is what I need to get my sewing mojo back.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Pat! Welcome aboard sew sister! Come on and get that mojo back.

  38. Jo Anna Jones

    Hello Anita,

    Please delete previous comment Re-sent comment. Thanks.

    What a beautiful classy dress on a classy lady for sure!! That shade of green looks great with your skin-tone. And, I love how you accessorized the dress as well. Just perfect. You and your husband are very photogenic. Love it!!

    I’m now getting ready to work on a project for Easter. It’s going to be a lined pastel pink wool blend suit. It’s a Burda Style, pattern # 6775. I purchased the fabric from Jo Ann’s Fabric. So far, it looks like the suit is going to cost under 50.00 to make. Hopefully, it will turn out well. I will be looking at some of you sewing lessons for sure. I’m very excited. Actually, your website puts me in a happy mood, it builds up my confidence in sewing. Something like that. With that said, I’m looking forward to seeing your next outfit. Have a wonderful MLK weekend!

    Be blessed!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jo Anna! Oh gosh, your Easter suit is going to look amazing in that pattern with a pink wool blend! I would love to see it when you’re done. You just go girl, getting started on your Easter attire already. Wise woman you are. Have fun sewing and send me a photo through my email on the contact page. You have a wonderful MLK weekend as well.

  39. Denise

    Love it! It’s funny that I have that pattern and I haven’t made it yet. Yours looks so good I’ll have to give it a try.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Denise! Thank you so much! Yes, give it a try. I found it to be quite easy to sew.

  40. Tomasa

    This dress is just stunning. The color is gorgeous and the accessories and shoes are perfect. Beautiful!!

  41. KS Sews

    Beautifully done Anita!

    And congrats to you and your friend Rosa!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, sew sister!

  42. Tashiea

    Beautiful! Again, another amazing piece to your collection:).

  43. Victoria Line

    Wow, I saw this on PatternReview. I am impressed by the excellent sewing and fine fit. Well done on making a fabulous dress.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Victoria! Thank you so much for coming over!

  44. Julia

    Oh wow! What a great group of women, and you and your husband look so good together, and YOU and that DRESS are so inspiring, and I’m laughing because you are SUPERWOMAN! LOL!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Thanks Julia! You would have gotten a good laugh!

  45. Ray

    Dunno where to start, ur hair, ur outfit, the shoes/nails, the whole look….if I live close to u I will be zooming in and out of ur wardrobe…However I will appreciate the tutorial of the clutch cos am getting the pattern for the dress ASAP…..

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Ray! Awesome! Have fun making the dress. Yes, stay tuned for the clutch tutorial.

  46. Melissa

    Beautiful and classy! You inspire me and made my day.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awww, thank you so much Melissa!

  47. Sandra

    Oh my goodness! Absolutely PERFECT!!! Perfect down to your tippy toes. The scuba knit fabric really gives this retro dress great body and shape. And you definitely have the figure to show it off. The change of showing the stitches to the outside gives it a more tailored and finished look. I think I have this pattern. By looking at the model on the pattern, I would not have ever imagined it to look this gorgeous until now with you wearing it so gracefully. I’ll be digging this pattern out of my stash. Nice pic of you and your husband. You’ve got 2017 by the horns; keep it up Mrs. Anita Morris!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Sandra! You’ve got me smiling over here. Yes, have fun making your dress. If you try it with scuba, you’re gonna absolutely love it. It feels amazing against the body.

  48. Peggy

    ? Hi Anita!
    Finally!! I’ve been checking my e-mail everyday for the next one from you (this is my second) and it was worth the wait. This dress is gorgeous and I love, love, love the pleats. I agree that the fabric makes it but also the details like the buttons you chose really popped it. Your gift is really God given and we’re so blessed that He allows us to be recipients of it. Thank you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeeey Peggy! Oh, thank you so much for following! I’m so happy to have you join me. I’ve got some great things in store for you this year. Stick with me and enjoy! God bless you.

  49. Tisa taylor

    This is absolutely STUNNING!!!! You have inspired me to make one!! Keep up the great work Ms. Anita!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Tisa! Have fun sewing her up.

  50. Lora Davis

    Tutorial please:)

    1. Anita Morris

      Awww, if not soon, maybe later.

  51. Sheila DS

    Simply gorgeous, Anita! The color looks great on you. I love how you reversed the pleats to show the stitching. The shoes are perfect and really complete the look.

  52. Brigitte

    Hi Ms. Anita,
    This outfit is so beautiful and classy. I love to see women dress like women, there is not enough of that these days. Also, please give us the information on how to make the clutch; it is such an elegant touch.

    Thank you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much! I agree with you, and I LOVE to dress like a lady. I will be doing a video tutorial on how to make the evening clutch. Stay tuned!

  53. Barbara

    Hi Anita!
    This one is very beautiful and you are too! Well I took out my sewing and looked at it remembering how much it means to me. You have inspired me to pick up my sewing and continue since my PTSD symptoms have faded. Thank you for this amazing blog,your smiles,encouraging words and the fabulous creations you share with all.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yaaaay, Barbara! So glad to hear you have been inspired to sew again. I’m even more happy to hear that your PTSD symptoms have faded. Welcome back to the sewing community. Jump in and have fun with it.

  54. Michelle

    Once again another perfect dress!!! I love classic/retro dresses. This looks beautiful on you, as do the other garments you make. You keep inspiring me to start your beginners sewing classes – one day I’m going to get there. 🙂

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Michelle! I love retro/vintage style dresses so much. Okay, I will wait patiently for you to join me in sewing.