Fresh Vintage – Simplicity 8412 c.1978

by Godsgirlt on September 5, 2012 · 11 comments

in 1970s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

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!


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Isis September 6, 2012 at 4:13 am

I think it turned out very cute!


Le N'aiguillon September 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

Great job, and post… I like the end of it!
:o )


Jamie September 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

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


Miranda September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

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


Emily September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love it! You did a fantastic job!


Bessie Miller September 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

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


EmSewCrazy September 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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


Gill September 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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


Joyatri September 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

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.


Godsgirlt September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thanks to all!


Beth Florey April 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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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