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Simplicity 2407 in all of its Lemony Goodness!

After lurking awhile and seeing everybody’s great work, I thought I’d finally post something!

I absolutely love patterns from the 1950’s and 60’s, and my weird-o body looks best in shapes from this era. I’m learning about tweaking patterns on my bodice block/sloper, so I thought I’d give Simplicity 2407 from 1958 a try. I chose a 100% cotton lemon print from Joann Fabrics. I quickly learned that I needed far more upsizing, darts, and general adjusting to use the original pattern bodice, so I drafted my own with a princess seam AND a bust dart (whew!), and then frankensteined it to the original Simplicity 2407 skirt. I used a box pleat instead of a gather. I made the belt from the original pattern. I will probably add some shaping into the sides of the belt, as the fit is still not right. It’s just pinned onto the mannequin in the picture, and it doesn’t lie flat enough for my taste. Overall, I’m really happy with the result, and I finally have a cute summer dress that fits!

Simplicity 2407

Simplicity 2407

Simplicity 2407

Front View

Simplicity 2407

Bodice Front

Simplicity 2407 Back

Bodice Back View

About the author: Thanks to my freakish, Jayne Mansfield-esque body (40-30-40 with a long torso and ugly knees) and a love of all things retro, I started sewing to fit my shape. Finally I can wear a dress that FITS! I love vintage patterns, and I’m exploring resizing to fit my shape. I love seeing what my fellow vintage-o-philes are stitching up!

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Carla July 12, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I love everything about this dress- the 50’s style, citrus fabric, and contrasting trim! I’ve seen that fabric at Joann’s and was tempted to get it but couldn’t visualize how it would look as a dress. Thanks to you, now I know and I just hope there’s still some waiting for me. Wonderful dress!

  • Angela W. July 12, 2012, 5:21 pm

    This dress is adorable! Well done.

  • Katherine July 12, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Welcome! Welcome! So glad you’ve joined us 😀

    The contrast trim really makes this for me. It pops! Great stuff.

  • Jayne July 12, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Just Gorgeous.
    Green & yellow are colours I’d never choose for myself, but this looks amazing.
    You have a great eye for colour & design. I really like the pleating, as gathers often make it too pouffy & formal. The change has turned it into a great casual summer outfit. Well done!

  • Viola July 12, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Wauw what a wonderful dress!!

  • Kristin July 13, 2012, 12:23 am


  • The Serial Sewer July 13, 2012, 4:17 am

    This is such a great dress! Well done.

  • savagespider July 13, 2012, 7:00 am

    Beautiful!! I love the color combination!

  • ShanniLoves... July 13, 2012, 7:45 am

    OMG The cutest!!

  • Housewife Betty July 13, 2012, 10:03 am

    Wow! Thanks everybody for the kind words! It’s my first attempt at pattern drafting (used on the bodice), and also upsizing a vintage pattern. I also wanted to add that I lined the bodice with white quilter’s cotton (the premium stuff) so the bodice is more opaque. To reduce bulk I chose to not line the skirt, so I’ll probably wear a cotton half slip underneath. Just a note to anyone else who use this fabric, you will probably need to line it.

  • Patrice July 13, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I’m drooling….

  • ooobop! July 14, 2012, 8:28 am

    Great bit of pattern drafting. Thank you for the inspiration. I really need to get cracking on making a bodice sloper to fit! I generally choose to do pleats instead of gathers. Much more flattering and I love the box pleats on this skirt. Goes without saying that this is such a stunning choice of fabric too. Love it!

  • Frances July 14, 2012, 11:34 am

    I ADORE the fabric, it looks fantastic. I’m impressed by all of those pleats… I would have done gathers, I’m lazy!

  • sorbetsurprise July 16, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Oh your dress is so cute! I love the contrast binding!

  • Kelina January 21, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Totally fabulous!

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