1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8013, a retro 70s gown reprint

December 29, 2015

When Simplicity released their latest (I think) retro collection I totally swooned over this 70s dress… but its 10 yards of fabric, which can get expensive. Solution? Use rayon! While this would look stunning in a silk chiffon or charmeuse, rayon has all the drape and none of the sheen, making it a bit more flexible–it can be dressed up like a gown or down like a maxidress!

I really enjoyed sewing this pattern–I made no size alterations (I cut between an 8 and a 10) but I did change a lot of the construction.

Read more about this project on my blog, allie J.

  1. I love this! I have 15 yards of silver charmeuse, but can’t imagine where I’d ever be able to wear it (I live & work in jeans)!

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