Simplicity 1913

by juliam on July 22, 2012 · 9 comments

in Dresses,Modern Patterns

So I was at Joann Fabric’s buying 4 spools of black serger thread, and only serger thread. But then… I had a coupon for 50% off a fabric cut, and Butterick patterns were 99 cents, and 2 hours later I stumbled upon this funky yellow geometric fabric. I knew it had to turn into something vintage-inspired. I couldn’t find anything I wanted it to be in Butterick, but fortunately I had bought Simplicity 1913 (at a different 99 cent sale) when I saw Suzannah’s Version on her blog, Adventures in Dressmaking.

I’m having some mixed feelings about the result:

When I first put it on, I really hated it, but now it’s growing on me. Also, I always forget how much I hate gathered sleeves. People complain so much about button holes, but really I’d rather make 100 button holes than gather in 2 cap sleeves.

Next time I make it, sleeveless version. All in all, it’s a great pattern and incredibly versatile; if you want something retro inspired but still modern, I highly recommend it.

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jax black July 23, 2012 at 3:44 am

well i think you look fab in it , but i am a little bias as I LOVE YELLOW :) good job :)


jadestar July 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

I like it. All you need is a narrow black belt :-)


Jamie July 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

Love the dress and the color,, you did a great job.


Joni July 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

Love it! That fabric is fun.


Katrina July 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

I think the sleeves look great and enhance the retro look. Why do we never have cheap pattern sales her in the UK?


jax black July 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hear,hear :)


juliam July 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Oooh that’s terrible! I don’t know what I would do without pattern sales!


EmSewCrazy July 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

I think it is very cute! The fabric is amazing too and I am not a big fan of yellow. :)


Housewife Betty July 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

I agree with Jadestar that this cute little dress needs a black belt. I think it would give it a little more “finish.” I also am loving yellow this summer, and that fabric is so cute! I like the gathered sleeves. Also, the tailoring on it is perfect! Lovely!


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