SarahRT

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.

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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!!

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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. :)

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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!

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