Vintage Sewing

nautical-inspired: simplicity 3061

June 27, 2011

i’ve been hanging on to this pattern for about a year now, dying to make it up but a little apprehensive (bound buttonholes? eek!):
i finally got up the nerve (& some lovely navy linen :3) to cut it out & sew it up. the bound buttonholes weren’t so bad – i ended up making 4 of them (two of the buttons are non-functional, but i couldn’t stand the idea of 2 buttons not having bound buttonholes behind them… i mean, wtf)!

the only other pattern changes i made was 1″ seam allowances at the shoulders & bodice side seams. i was originally planning on doing the sleeves, the contrasting removeable collar, and the self-covered belt… but i didn’t buy enough fabric for any of that. whoops! regardless, i like the way it looks & i’m fairly satisfied with the fit.

what do you think?

simplicity 3061
the red belt is just something i had in my closet. i need to find me a nice brown belt!

simplicity 3061

simplicity 3061

… and how i wore it to work today:

thanks so much for looking! more pictures/detail at my blog, lladybird!

  1. I didn't notice the sleeves were missing until I read it! The dress looks very "done" and well executed! The collar and front buttons makes it look sooo expensive.

  2. Gorgeous! I love the dress, love the color, love the red belt. Excellently done. I have a similar pattern that I really want to make but I've always been concerned that it would be too dressy but I see that linen makes it more wearable, if that makes sense.

  3. I agree – the red belt really sets it off. I have been thinking of making a similar style for myself (getting the middle age spread thang happening), so I think I would wear the belt higher (around my ribs) to disguise the thickening waist…..does anyone have any comments.

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