Simplicity 5954, 1965

by Calyx

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Phew, finally have some time to post about this dress! I’s my first post, so far I’ve just been admiring everyone else’s efforts.

I made this few weeks ago now and have been wearing it a lot. I really love it! I made it from an old bed sheet – had to cut around some holes and snags in the fabric.

It’s a pretty simple pattern, with just six main pieces to put together, plus some interfacing. I had a long delay making it as I realised the fabric is quite light and was concerned it may be see-through. I was fretting about having to make a lining, something I’ve never done, and put the whole thing aside for several weeks while I thought about it. A chat with a more experienced dress maker put things in perspective and I decided to keep going with it sans lining. I’m glad I did as it turned out not to be see-through at all. Yes!

I did have some trouble with the fit, and had to take it in at the sides, but I think the pattern is a size too big for me. It is still a bit big overall – a looser fit than I imagined – but I don’t mind too much. It will be lovely and cool for the summer.

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twotoast December 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Very pretty – it looks lovely and fresh!


Lisette December 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

This fabric looks remarkably like that I used to make a dress – and it used to be an old bedsheet too: I tried to zoom in on yours to see if it really was the same, but it wouldn’t get any bigger.


Flying Purple Hippos December 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Cute and I love your fabric choice.


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