1960s | Dresses

Navy Midi Dress

By on January 10, 2017

This is my third (and probably NOT final!) version of Simplicity 4475, a simple raglan-sleeved dress from the early 60s. I love this pattern so much! This time I made it in a lightweight, flowy, wool/viscose blend with a modern midi length.

Since I made this back in August, I’ve worn it to parties, evenings out, work… it’s very versatile due to its solid navy color and can easily be dressed up or down. More details on my blog here! (And see my other versions of this pattern here and here.)

xo allie

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Vintage Sewing

A Mod Dress from Simplicity 1609

By on January 23, 2014

Hi everyone! This is my first post here, although I’ve commented quite a bit! I thought I’d share a fairly easy dress I made from a Simplicity reproduction retro pattern.

So… here goes! I found this pattern at Joann’s and waited until it was on sale to get it. I was a little hesitant about making a mod dress since I don’t quite have the shape for this style. But I figured what the heck! I dug through my fabric stash and found this neat black polka-dotted double-knit fabric I’d bought some time ago. I wanted a warm fabric since it’s still winter.

There weren’t too many pattern pieces. The view without the bow has even less than the view i went with. The construction was pretty easy, good thing too since this pattern is labeled as a “jiffy” pattern. The neck and arm holes are lined with interfacing, giving a bit more structure to the dress.

I didn’t really make any alterations to the pattern except for the bow. My fabric choice didn’t really accommodate the bow the pattern outlined. The pattern called for a bow with tails, which didn’t look that great with my double-knit. So instead I made more of a bow-tie. I’m glad I did, it turned out much to my liking!

The only question now is where to wear it!

Some Finished pictures:

To see the detailed construction of this dress check out my blog: thestitchholder.blogspot.com

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