The pattern’s awesome neckline first caught my eye. And it has POCKETS. That would’ve been enough, but I spotted the notch in the kimono sleeve, and I was sold.
The dress is described on the pattern envelop as: “Simple to Make” dress has short kimono sleeves and bodice underarm section for freedom of action. Concealed pockets in flared skirt are optional.” Pockets optional? Not in my world.
I wanted to make a 1950’s style dress for this year’s Sausage Fest at Anaheim Brewery . It’s a local event with a Rockabilly band, and lots of 1950s style on the guests. Big, gathered skirts aren’t a great look on me, so I like that the pattern’s flat at the skirt’s waist like this one.
I got my fabric at Fabric Depot in Portland. I love green, it makes my hazel eyes stand out. The fabric is 100% cotton, green lattice with small black leafy fronds. It wasn’t till I was laying out the pattern that I read the selvedge and learned that it was a Mary Engelbreit.
This was my first time sewing a truly vintage pattern, and it was a pleasure. The instructions were clear, and the line drawings accurate.
I make a 3/8″ high back adjustment, 1/2 ” swayback, and took off 1 1/2 inches off the hem. There’s no darts, just a large pleat at each front shoulder, and four smaller pleats on the front and back bodice. No FBA? Why, yes, this is Simple to Make.
It doesn’t call for interfacing, but I added it to the bodice facing. Then, when it was time to sew the buttons and button holes, I went, huh. Should’ve interfaced down the front of the skirt, too. So I cut some strips and steamed them in place. I skipped most of the topstitching, since this pattern has plenty going on.
My dress and I had a blast at Sausage Fest. Here’s me photo-bombing the lead singer, Amber Foxx.
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