Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1960s Retro Dress

June 30, 2009

I had so much fun last week playing with two of the Simplicity Retro 1960s pattern. The first one I made was 3833.
I chose a Robert Kaufman barkcloth for this dress and love it. Of course, the best part of this dress — well my favorite, at least, is the button. A Checkloslavakian glass kitty button. Too bad I have to be walking away in order for anyone to see it!
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The second dress is Simplicity 3559. Another winner in my book.
For this dress I chose Michael Miller’s Eiffel Tower. Both of these dresses went together with no major issues! 3833 will definitely be showing up in many colors in my wardrobe! The only change I made was to make my bow a snap-on! For these stores and many more, please feel free to stop by my blog.

Next up.. a 1968 Simplicity shift dress.

  1. Those look great! And I really love the fabric on the first one, it's just such retro kitsch, it's great!

  2. Simplicity 3833 was my first sewing project ever; I did it sleeveless and with long sleeves. Very cute, and I love the button!

  3. I LOVE Simplicity 3833 (the first one) and have made it twice. It has a fantastic shape. My own attempts – if you're interested, I know I like to see other folk's versions of it – are here (in purple and in yellow daisy print): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelliepie/sets/72157603956880187/

    I do think it runs big though. When I made it the second time, I made a smaller size (mind you, I think this is the case with most Simplicity – I've learned to check FINISHED garment measurements!).

    I've often wondered about the second pattern, but to be honest the pictures on the front had put me off – the shoulders and sleeves look way too baggy on the models. However, it fits lovely on you, so considier me sold on it! Fantastic fabric choices too!

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