1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

simplicity 5408: a refreshing pop of yellow on an (almost) summer day

April 18, 2012

i actually made this dress over two years ago, let it hang for a while, finished it in a mono-induced spurt of productivity, and then hated on it for another year.  while it’s adorable, and i love the original pattern, i couldn’t make it quite click for me.  also, now that i know from a moulage, the back doesn’t fit comfortably and that bothers me.

fortunately, a nice, matching belt from pat’s seemed to work out all of those kinks.  and it was almost 90F yesterday in NYC.  in APRIL.  that demands a summer dress, wouldn’t you say?

also, now that i have found the most amazing sweater-shrug EVER, i had something to wear over this little sleeveless specimen so that i could not die of hyopthermia in my office.  am i the only one with this problem?  sometimes, in august, when i am wearing a wool cardigan and sitting under a blanket, i am pretty sure i am. and the cardigans get old fast, especially when a little shrug that hits right at the natural waist is a much more flattering option…


cross-posted from puu’s door of time.

    1. D’ellis, allthepreciousthings, the contrast is the kind of detail that makes making your own garments totally worthwhile, don’t you think?

      1. Agreed, puu! Also agree with Ange that I’ll sit on things seemingly fore-ver before giving them a go. Shrugs are something I haven’t tied, but they do flatter 100% more than a cardi, so will start looking at re-arranging some appropriate pattern. Spot on!

  1. Yes, I love the contrasting inside front pleat too! Such a nice idea.

    I love seeing these styles on real people, I sit on them for ages before I give them a go. Actually very flattering.

    Here’s to many more summer frocks! I’m getting ready for winter here…

  2. I like the dress. Especially the contrasting panel.
    And I too wear jumpers/am cold in the summer and only if its really hot do I not wear at least a cardigan over a summer dress.

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