Vintage Sewing

Simplicity dress 4310 complete.

March 7, 2011

I purchased this pattern on Etsy about two months ago. It says it is for ladies 5’1″ and under. Being 5’5″ I was a tad concerned but I loved the dress/jacket combo so much I took a risk and bought it. The patterned turned out to be fine for my height.
As I worked a 6 day week this week, the only time I had to buy the dress fabric was Thursday evening. I made a quick dash to Lincraft (a standard large scale ‘craft’ store) and navigated my way through piles of hideous (and highly flammable) fabrics to find something that somewhat resembled a vintage print. I was lucky and found two fabrics.
The first was a fabric with a pink rose pattern printed on black, and I used it to make this dress. I decided not to make the jacket to match as I was worried that it might just be a bit too much on the… um… floral side 🙂
This dress took me a day and a morning to make. I could probably do it in a day next time, but as it was my first time I had to make a few modifications to the pattern. As most women out there, I am not a standard body shape. My hips are two sizes larger than my bust, and my waist one size smaller than my hips. This pattern was my bust size, so I had to add 2″ extra to the skirt pattern, and added an extra pleat too.
The dress fits like a glove thanks to having an adjustable dress form.

Ok, I have to be honest here. That is the first time I have ever inserted a back zipper the ‘old fashioned way’ with the bit that folds over. I was very impressed with how neat I had sewn it… the only hiccup coming when I realised it was sewn in about 2″ to the right of the centre back. Woops.

I borrowed Casey’s method of covering up serged hems with pretty lace. Love.
I am super happy with how this dress turned out. I would highly recommend this pattern!

  1. that dress is so dreamy. i'm a sucker for vintage floral prints and lace. casey's tip to cover up the serges with the lace is pretty brilliant.

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