While searching for a quick and easy to make dress pattern, I came across my wonderfully versatile early 1970s Simplicity pattern which has earned the nickname “Old Faithful” as it hasn’t let me down yet!
I love the options for the dress. It can be, sleeveless, short- or long-sleeved; short or long in length; and can also have a belt with a button fastening at the back.
It’s suitable for a range of materials including cottons, linen, synthetics, crepes, brocade, wool and many more.
Depending on the style and material you choose, you can make a comfortable day dress or a striking evening dress suitable for any season!
Adjusting the Length
One of the main reasons I make my own clothes is because I’m a petite fit with an extra short waist! This pattern is easy to adapt to fit your length, whether short or tall on the skirt and sleeves.
So I started by measuring from the shortening/lengthening point, the amount I needed to decrease, then folded the pattern down and pinned it. Simple!
Making the Dress
Arranging the pieces on the material was easy thanks to the simple instructions and the directions on each individual piece. They clearly explain how to follow the grain as well as how to make sure the pattern of the material flows well.
I decided to make a short sleeve, knee length dress so folded up the parts of the skirt and sleeve that I didn’t need.
My dress fits perfectly and is incredibly comfortable! Once again the pattern hasn’t let me down!