Starting with a really cute Simplicity pattern from 1968 and using the McQueen/David Bowie Jacket as a bit of Union Jack inspiration
First I played around with the pattern schematic and a Union Jack on the computer and ended up with a placement that I didn’t think looked too bad (although it was a bit tough going over the curved seam at the centre back….
Because the dress was fully lined, I mostly patchworked the shapes on to the outer fabric. (The pattern had originally been cut out with a shortened hem, so I thought I might just use the previous owner’s length – just to see how short they anticipated wearing it) I used a stiff 100% cotton fabric with a linen weave.
After that it was just a walk in the park to get the dress together using the same white cotton fabric as lining.
I’ve been following the blog for a while and love seeing everyone’s garments!
I finally decided to pluck up the courage to post my own.
I’m an avid amateur sewer in Southern California. Though I love 50s patterns, this knit was begging for something late 60s/early 70s.
I acquired (probably too much) fabric from a woman selling off her mother’s dress shop supplies when I stumbled onto this beauty. All I need to say is nearly everything was 1-2 dollars a yard. Yes, it was magical.
I decided on 1971 Simplicity 9671. I’ve worn the dress out already and love the way it feels.
Looking forward to more of everyone’s posts!
And posting more of my own.
I made a dress using a B5748 which is a retro reprinted dress I believe from 1960. This dress is gorgeous and when I found this fabric with lions, tigers, and leopards, I knew it was a match! I made a cross between view A and B as I kept a plain front bodice but put a bow on the back. It calls for a fully lined bodice and skirt but after learning in September that fully lined skirts get VERY heavy( I made B5882 for convocation) I decided to only line the bodice. I cut the size that I usually am but after constructing it, it was huge so I had to take it in a considerable amount. The pictures show it without a petticoat because the only petticoat I have is the one I wore to prom and it was HUGE(here’s the link to that post).
Thought you lovely folks would appreciate the stack of vintage patterns I just thrifted for 10 cents each. I may have squealed in the store….
A pile of vintage treasures!
A sampling of my faves here, but check out the full blog post for all 20!
Butterick 8381 (1958)
Simplicity 5059 (1960s)
Simplicity 8656 (1969) Those collars!
Sew Lovely P500 (1970)