As part of my Fall Essentials Sew-Along plan, I sewed two versions of Simplicity 3673, a reissue from an original 1950′s pattern. My first version is made from toasty warm red corduroy – perfect for the frosty Canadian fall and winter. The bodice is lined in a mini black and white houndstooth I had in my stash.

I made View B for both versions, eliminating certain details from each. As the corduroy is heavy, I did not include the under bust band in this version. I like the gathers at the bodice and the almost sculpted look at the waist from all the darts. Sewing eight darts in total was a bit of a pain (I hate sewing darts), but the effect is totally worth it!

I used Casey’s tutorial for my lapped zipper. This really is my favourite way to insert zippers – so straightforward and tidy! This is a warm, cozy, and feminine dress that is already on its way to becoming a wardrobe staple.

My second version of this dress is a bit more of a sewing victory for me. I made this one from knit fleece that I found in my stash. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know about my great dislike of sewing knits. However, with a bit of perseverance, I found comfortable way to make it work. Yippee!

This dress is soft and warm and I feel like I’m wearing pajamas! I eliminated the darts from this version as there is more than enough stretch to give the fit I was looking for. I did include the under bust band as I like the detail it adds. Now that the weather has finally decided to turn cooler – gosh, I love fall! – I can finally wear this! The dress is perfect for popping on to run errands or for lounging around.


Hi all!

I’m hoping you can help me find these two patterns. I’d really like a size 16 (B36), but I am happy to grade them to fit.

I did find the Simplicity pattern in my size at the Vintage Fashion Library, but with $24 US shipping to Canada, that’s a no go. :S

You can email me or leave a comment for me here. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!!


I made another version of the tunic from Butterick 7762, this time in a knit. For more details, please visit my blog.

I’m also having a stash busting fabric sale! Click here to see what’s available. :)


Butterick 7762 is one of my favourite patterns! The tunic went together easily and I really love the bateau neckline. I made it it out of warm and cozy flannel, which works really well since there is 6 inches of snow on the ground!