Sew-Grateful Challenge Dress: Simplicity 4908

by LazyStitching on December 6, 2011 · 10 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Introduction

Hi all,

This is my very first attempt at a vintage pattern and also obviously my first post on Sew Retro after lurking  here for a long time.

So first an introduction: My name is Alana and I’ve been blogging over at Lazy Stitching for almost a year and a half. I’m a new Londoner having moved here a few months ago from New Zealand which I’m really enjoying (although I’m still in denial about the winter temperatures here). I’m plus-sized which leaves me spending lots of my sewing time grading patterns upwards and figuring out full bust adjustments.

Which leads me to Simplicity 4908.

This 1960′s dress was for My Happy Sewing Place’s Sew Grateful challenge using a pattern I won in a giveaway from Sewing Through the Motions. The various angles of the bodice pieces meant that even after grading and an FBA it still wouldn’t align so I wound up fudging it using pieces from other patterns (more details here). Still I’m happy it all came together in the end.


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A.J.A. December 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

This is really pretty! The color suits you well and you did a very nice job fitting it!


lsaspacey December 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I knew that would look great on you from your little croqui, and it does! LOVE the bow in the back too.


Miss Crayola Creepy December 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

The bow in the back is darling!


PepperReed December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Looks Great! Have quite the ’round’ bod my self, sometimes fudging it, is the way to the best fit!


Deb December 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

This turned out so well! The color is good too, and love the bow on the back!


Emma December 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

That colour and that shape look really awesome on you! The bow is a really great size too.


Handmade Jane December 7, 2011 at 5:46 am

You’ve made a fabulous job of it Alana, it looks great on you. And yes, like the others I love the belt at the back! x


Lizzy December 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

You did a great job!! I have trouble trying to make a pattern bigger, your dress fist really good, and I love that bow in the back.


Katherine December 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm

This is so pretty – you chose the perfect color. It’s got a bit of a Colette Patterns vibe, hasn’t it.

I’m glad you came out of lurk mode ;) Welcome! Looking forward to seeing what you make next!


Evis December 9, 2011 at 2:19 am

Oh, you look gorgeous in that! Curvy and hot. I have a lrger body myself, so I know the difficulties of fitting.


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