My mother taught me to sew starting at about age 8 or 9, my older sisters were making most of their clothes for high school, and I was just starting junior high, so that puts me at about age 11 or twelve. We had monthly “mixers” or dances, and I wanted something “hip”. My choice? Simplicity 9354:
Well I still have it! Not the pattern, the dress that is. I searched for the pattern online and recognized it as soon as I saw it! The dress was carefully stored in my basement with other dress mementos. I question the color red, but the fabric is still vibrant and fresh, no fading at all. You can’t really tell from the picture but the print is a scatter of flowers on a red background. Here is my granddaughter, Christina, modeling it.
It is a little big on her, I made it in a size 14. The lessons that I remember as an 11 year old sewing this was using binding tape to make the casing for the gathers at the neck and sleeves, and learning how to gather for the ruffle. I remember thinking it was fun using a safety pin and snaking the elastic through the casing! I think it is a good dress for a beginner sewer, no darts, no zipper. Christina was a good sport being my model (yes, there was eye rolling!) I only wish I had a picture of ME wearing it circa 1970!
“better to burn out than fade away…”