Mod Late 1960′s Dress For My Skinny Sister

by Housewife Betty on December 23, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1960s,Dress Forms,Dresses,Pattern Sizing,Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 7072 front


For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts and a round neckline. Interestingly, my sister has an amazing vintage shift from the late 1960′s in an almost identical style. The fabric is even similar, although I used a quilting cotton, and the original is in a weird heavy woven. It’s almost like a lightweight upholstery fabric, but with a soft handfeel. Also, once I got the original on the dress form, I noticed that the pattern design is not centered. It was obviously hand made by a pretty good seamstress. While the pattern fit pretty well as drafted, I still had to do some pattern adjustments. These included taking it in a half inch all the way around, lowering the neckline a bit, and moving the shoulder in a bit. I omitted the facings and made a coordinating bias tape in espresso bean brown to finish the edge, which I did with an invisible stitch. I think it turned out really well. I hope it fits her! I barely got it to fit on my dress form. You can see the shadow on the skirt where I had to stretch it over the form. What would the world be without adjustable dress forms! Enjoy!

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Thanks to my freakish, Jayne Mansfield-esque body (40-30-40 with a long torso and ugly knees) and a love of all things retro, I started sewing to fit my shape. Finally I can wear a dress that FITS! I love vintage patterns, and I'm exploring resizing to fit my shape. I love seeing what my fellow vintage-o-philes are stitching up!

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Nicole December 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I just finished a dress just like this. I used Simplicity 1609. I love the pattern of the fabric – it makes it so you don’t need to add details to the dress. I hope your sister loves it!


suellen December 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I remember that fabric…hopsacking


Catherine Alekna December 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

so cute! I do love a shift dress – i hope your sister wears it to pieces!


manicpop11 December 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

I love the print on this!


Jordan December 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Perfect print for a mod dress!


EmSewCrazy December 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Love this great print and how the simple silhouette really shows it off!


StyleSixties January 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Such a cute dress!


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