1960s Simplicity dress in vintage flowered fabric

Why hello! I’ve been enjoying reading all your posts for a while, and thought it was time to write my first one.

I was lucky enough to be given a stash of vintage patterns recently. They are all too small, so my first task was learning how to grade up.

I chose the yellow dress from this Simplicity pattern for my first attempt.  I left off the facings and neck bands (which need a plain fabric to do them justice, and lined the bodice instead.

The fabric is a black flowered cotton which I bought at a vintage fabric fair.

I am delighted with the result. It’s such a flattering and comfortable dress and I’ve had lots of compliments (always good!).

I love the back!  I cut it a little wider and deeper than the pattern as this is a summer dress.

These pictures are taken on holiday in Corfu and there are more details on my blog.

• Meet the Author • Dottie Doodle

I’m a designer – maker using sewing and quilting to make gifts which I sell online and at craft fairs. I love using vintage fabrics in my work, and have amassed a stash of dress making fabrics over the past couple of years which need to be used. So I started making clothes! Vintage patterns are a new passion.

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4 comments… add one

  • you look great in that dress :-) great work.

  • I love the pattern, and your version came out beautifully!

  • Ooh very nice job! That fabric is gorgeous! It looks like you did a great job in grading that up to fit you!

  • Absolutelly in love with this pattern you look so “vintage”!!
    Big kisses from Barcelona


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