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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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  • Deb December 8, 2013, 8:19 pm

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

    • allie December 11, 2013, 11:46 am

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

  • Sue C December 9, 2013, 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, 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, 5:58 am

    pretty pretty dress!
    and the color is perfect for you! good work 🙂

  • foamofdays December 9, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Great dress! And I love the colour!

  • Lemur Lady December 12, 2013, 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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