258 Town and Country Dress


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Sizes XS - 3XL

This charming halter Dress (circa 1949) is based on a gown by American designer Claire McCardell. ­McCardell’s version was floor length and made of chocolate brown taffeta with a black grosgrain belt and a black organza bow at the neck. The front was adorned with a row of rhinestone buttons.

We offer two neck options – one for the bow tie fold and one without.  You can make your dress in anything from summery cotton prints to luxurious silk or velvet, and in lengths from floor to thigh high.

Bare shoulders are beautiful, but this dress also looks great with a short bolero jacket.

Dress has a side zip and on-seam pockets and fastens with hooks and eyes at the back of the neck.  And, the pattern includes a pattern piece and instructions for making and tying the bow.

This is the paper pattern.  For the PDF version, go here 

Suggested fabrics
Dress:  Medium-weight cotton, rayon, silk, wool challis, and blends.  
Bow: Light, crisp fabrics such as organza of taffeta.

Yardage Chart (PDF)