I was really lucky and found some amazing 1950′s border print cotton (from Stella Dallas in New York), and knew that I had to do something a bit daring. I wanted to really emphasise the stripes, and the diagonal version of Vogue 8789 seemed perfect.
Initially I was really scared when I was cutting up the fabric – no going back to get more from the store… The printed cotton seems to be farmers in Tuscany (I think?), lots of sheep, fields and manor houses.
The pattern is very easy, although I do recommend making a muslin of the bodice first – the bias allows a lot of ease. I ended up cutting a 16 bust and waist – normally I’d taper out to an 18-20 at the waist.
I normally only use vintage/repro patterns from the late 1930s to early 1950s – so making a style from 1957 was a bit outside my normal comfort zone.
If you’d like to read more about it, I have a post on my blog here…
Thanks for letting me share!
I’m back to share my latest experiments in sewing. Lately, I have been playing around with a couple of patterns from the 1960s, and ended up with two really wearable dresses. My first go at the rather unexciting Simplicity #5780 involved some grading that proved unnecessary, and I was really surprised! I loved the style of the dress, however, and decided to try the pattern bodice again. I cut it in it’s original size, but attatched another skirt. A dirndl style this time, as I had not made that before. The result was even more satisfying than the first, and I now have two new favorite dresses from this pattern I initially bough just for the simplicity of it (and because it had a bonus jacket pattern! 2in1 = win!)
So moral of the story, don’t pass up a simple looking pattern. It may be your new favorite
See more and read more about both dresses on my blog. As always, you are all invited!
To make it a bit more wearable in 2014, I made it in black crepe.
I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern although I didn’t completely follow the (very limited) instructions. I made the neckline a bit more stable and cleanly finished than suggested.
I ended up making a large pleat at the back which gave me a look much closer to that in the image. I’m still wondering if this is something they just didn’t in the instructions (which again, are really limited, just a few lines for pattern tracing, cutting and sewing) assuming the reader would understand or if it just illustrates my complete lack of understanding of 1920′s fashion…
Anyway, I love the dress as it is now and I’m sure I’ll enjoy wearing it.
More about it, including more pictures, on my blog
Hello everyone! I can’t say just how excited I am about my completed outfits.
I bought this late 1960′s polyester jacket, and had no cool pants to wear with it. Now I have awesome bell bottoms! I used Simplicity 8009 from 1968. They are black and made out of a really fine corduroy, but it’s more like velvet.
The other outfit I completed was Simplicity 1752 for the blouse and Simplicity 4637 for the skirt. The blouse is silk and has shoulder pads, and the skirt is linen (very wrinkly!!).
The blouse is a yellowy-ivory and the skirt is dark brown if you can’t tell. I’m sorry my pictures are so crappy today.
Thanks for looking!