Fresh Vintage – Simplicity 8412 c.1978

I picked up this pattern when my husband and I went to MI.  I got it at a thrift store for less than a dollar despite my husband’s comments that it “looks like an old lady’s dress”…pardon me?  I AM old and the pattern is old too but we are going to freshen it up a bit!

 The knit fabric is a clearance purchase from JoAnn Fabrics.  I had JUST enough to make View 1.  I shortened the raglan sleeves and omitted the buttons.  I am a HUGE fan of the neck band and the button trimmed tab.

 Purple is one of my favorite colors.  I can remember when I was in middle school, talking my parents (especially my dad) into  letting me and my sister paint our bedroom purple!  It was gorgeous!

 In the Old Testament purple was worn by royalty.  “And  the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and
seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple  raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels’ necks.”  Judges 8:26


In the New Testament purple is a sign of riches: “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously everyday” Luke 16:19        


   And today…’s worn by me!


• Meet the Author • Godsgirlt

Love to sew but sometimes have a hard time finding the time. Really beginning to love and appreciate vintage and retro fashion....again!

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11 comments… add one

  • I think it turned out very cute!

  • Great job, and post… I like the end of it!

  • Love the color, it suits you well. I also like the dress. Good job!

  • Such a great dress, and I love the purple pattern!

  • I love it! You did a fantastic job!

  • Beautiful! I love it! The dress looks lovely on you. :)

  • Wonderful! What a modern interpretation of an old pattern! Love it!

  • I really love the dress – and the purple print looks fab on you – you must be delighted!

  • My favorite color is purple, too. There’s nothing old lady about that dress. It looks great on you. I love the print and the color.

  • Thanks to all!

  • This is a fabulous dress. The reality is that patterns now don’t flatter women over 35. Your dress has a nice drape and is slimming and classy.


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