Simplicity 1795 from 1956


“What shall I wear to my graduate program holiday party?” I thought. I briefly considered wearing something totally different than what I wore last year (a navy blue dress) and decided against it. Navy blue it is!

This is simplicity 1795, a full-skirted dress with kimono sleeves and a v-back. It’s made here in navy blue poly satin, which doesn’t photograph particularly well. I made it in 2008, pre-blog and actually before I ever discovered the vintage/retro/sewing blog community! It is made exactly to the pattern, with no modifications in either construction or fit. Lots of interior pinking can be seen on my blog!

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Ex-archaeologist. Lazy seamstress (getting better). Aspiring librarian. Lover of fifties and sixties style.

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7 comments… add one

  • What a gorgeous dress! The color and cut are stunning together. Beautiful!

    • thank you! I certainly recommend the pattern–easy and classic.

  • Lovely! Navy blue is such a gorgeous but underrated colour – Frenchwomen appreciate its versatility and base their wardrobes around it.

    • I agree! I have found that navy is more flattering on me than black, so I have been wearing lots of it!

  • pretty pretty dress!
    and the color is perfect for you! good work :-)

  • Great dress! And I love the colour!

  • I’m a big fan of the pinked seam myself. Especially when it’s just for me – who’s gonna know? ;)


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