Simplicity 1795 from 1956

by missalliemass on December 8, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing


“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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Deb December 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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


allie December 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

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


Sue C December 9, 2013 at 3:47 am

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


allie December 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

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


beate December 9, 2013 at 5:58 am

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


foamofdays December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Great dress! And I love the colour!


Lemur Lady December 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

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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