Vintage Sewing

Completed Project – 70’s dress!

September 3, 2011
This week I finished off a 70’s dress, inspired by the 70’s challlenge at Sew Weekly from last week. I always seem to be a week late in finishing these challenges!

Fabric: Thrifted polyester, ~60c

Pattern: Simplicity 6672, View 2, 20c
Year: 1975
Notions: None
Total cost: ~80c

Things done for the first time:

  • First time making a dress
  • First time adding armhole facings
Things I could improve on:
  • Hemming
  • Tracing patterns
There were a few markings I forgot to transfer over the first time, whoops! But that wasn’t too hard to fix. I may end up re-doing the hem – it looks a bit uneven across the front to me, and I didn’t really measure it….

Changes made:  Due to fabric restrictions, I made the dress quite short! It is 20cm shorter than even view 1! I also omitted the back zipper (can still get it on easily!) and the buttons on the front.
Changes I should have made: If I had more fabric, I would love to have made it longer, and matched the fabric on the seams too!

Overall I loved this pattern, and I think the fit is great, too! I’m looking forward to making it in some natural fibres for summer, and I would love to try one in the maxi length.

Beata  from Tatulinka’s Tales
  1. I have this pattern and got it out recently thinking of using it for some crepe I'd bought! My copy is two sizes too big and I couldn't be bothered with grading it so chose something else. I'm holding onto it as I like it so much. Great to see it made up I love your fabric!

  2. My mother made that dress for herself in the 70's. She made it out of horrific "Crimplene", which was a nice name for "polyester plastic"–but it never wrinkled and you couldn't wear it out.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely creation.

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