simplicity 5408: a refreshing pop of yellow on an (almost) summer day

by puu on April 18, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

i actually made this dress over two years ago, let it hang for a while, finished it in a mono-induced spurt of productivity, and then hated on it for another year.  while it’s adorable, and i love the original pattern, i couldn’t make it quite click for me.  also, now that i know from a moulage, the back doesn’t fit comfortably and that bothers me.

fortunately, a nice, matching belt from pat’s seemed to work out all of those kinks.  and it was almost 90F yesterday in NYC.  in APRIL.  that demands a summer dress, wouldn’t you say?

also, now that i have found the most amazing sweater-shrug EVER, i had something to wear over this little sleeveless specimen so that i could not die of hyopthermia in my office.  am i the only one with this problem?  sometimes, in august, when i am wearing a wool cardigan and sitting under a blanket, i am pretty sure i am. and the cardigans get old fast, especially when a little shrug that hits right at the natural waist is a much more flattering option…


cross-posted from puu’s door of time.

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D'ellis April 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Love the contrast on inside of front pleat!
The shrug makes it so practical, too.
Thanks for not giving up!


allthepreciousthings April 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Simply stunning! I love the contrast floral, too.


puu April 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

D’ellis, allthepreciousthings, the contrast is the kind of detail that makes making your own garments totally worthwhile, don’t you think?


D'ellis April 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Agreed, puu! Also agree with Ange that I’ll sit on things seemingly fore-ver before giving them a go. Shrugs are something I haven’t tied, but they do flatter 100% more than a cardi, so will start looking at re-arranging some appropriate pattern. Spot on!


Ange April 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

Yes, I love the contrasting inside front pleat too! Such a nice idea.

I love seeing these styles on real people, I sit on them for ages before I give them a go. Actually very flattering.

Here’s to many more summer frocks! I’m getting ready for winter here…


puu April 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

now that i know better how i want to fit this dress, it will be making repeat performances for sure!


LadyD April 19, 2012 at 4:10 am

I like the dress. Especially the contrasting panel.
And I too wear jumpers/am cold in the summer and only if its really hot do I not wear at least a cardigan over a summer dress.


Lizzy April 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Just love it!!


Jenny April 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

If anyone wants to try this style using a modern multi-size pattern, the new Simplicity 1797 has a similar skirt.


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