Vintage Sewing


March 19, 2010

I love sheath dresses. They fit well, flatter the figure, and are one of the most comfortable styles of dresses you can wear. When I wear a sheath dress, I feel carefree. I like that feeling.

This one is made from vintage Simplicity 3152. I had been hankering to make this pattern for a couple years, and just never got to it. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use a print, solid, or perhaps two solids divided at the yoke seam. I finally settled on a really fun, mod-ish poppy print cotton, and I am very happy with my decision.
I want to make another of these dresses–perhaps of a light-weight wool? Two tone? Hm…
Oo-la-la! Fun pocket lining!

You can see the rick-rack trip a little better here. Don’t you love the buttons? I think they date back to the 30’s/40’s. Anyway, they’re old. 😉

So there you have it. Very loud, very fun, very comfortable dress. I will definitely make it again, and recommend this pattern very highly to my fellow vintage sewers! 😀
Have a wonderful day-
  1. your bound buttonholes are fabulous. Which technique did you use? I am confused about how the back looks. They all seem to have ragged fabric left over at the back.

  2. This is soooo cute! I love the pocket and rick rack detailing. That's what makes vintage stand out! Love the poppy print, btw!

  3. I love sheath dresses too but I don't find them comfortable at all. They never seem to have enough give for sitting in them. I have a "boy" figure — straight up and down with some middle-aged pudge in the middle. Is this simply a poor style for me? What am I doing wrong with the fit? In any case, yours is beautiful and you do look comfortable. Good job!

  4. Sew Red Hot: I use the strip method for my bound buttonholes. Don't like the patch method much at all. The strip method gives you a bit more control over the finished product.

    Anonymous: I think the comfort factor in a sheath dress does have a lot to do with body-type. I have a very hourglass figure, so this type of dress just works for me. Perhaps, though, with the aid of a muslin, you could produce a sheath that is perfectly tailored to your figure. You never know! Hooray for muslins, right?

  5. Love the Buttons? How 'bout them Button HOLES! Gorgeous!
    Now I want to make something with bound buttonholes – anything!

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