1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

Simplicity 3673

October 3, 2011

As part of my Fall Essentials Sew-Along plan, I sewed two versions of Simplicity 3673, a reissue from an original 1950’s pattern. My first version is made from toasty warm red corduroy – perfect for the frosty Canadian fall and winter. The bodice is lined in a mini black and white houndstooth I had in my stash.

I made View B for both versions, eliminating certain details from each. As the corduroy is heavy, I did not include the under bust band in this version. I like the gathers at the bodice and the almost sculpted look at the waist from all the darts. Sewing eight darts in total was a bit of a pain (I hate sewing darts), but the effect is totally worth it!

I used Casey’s tutorial for my lapped zipper. This really is my favourite way to insert zippers – so straightforward and tidy! This is a warm, cozy, and feminine dress that is already on its way to becoming a wardrobe staple.

My second version of this dress is a bit more of a sewing victory for me. I made this one from knit fleece that I found in my stash. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know about my great dislike of sewing knits. However, with a bit of perseverance, I found comfortable way to make it work. Yippee!

This dress is soft and warm and I feel like I’m wearing pajamas! I eliminated the darts from this version as there is more than enough stretch to give the fit I was looking for. I did include the under bust band as I like the detail it adds. Now that the weather has finally decided to turn cooler – gosh, I love fall! – I can finally wear this! The dress is perfect for popping on to run errands or for lounging around.

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