Dresses | Modern Patterns

Simplicity 1913

July 22, 2012

So I was at Joann Fabric’s buying 4 spools of black serger thread, and only serger thread. But then… I had a coupon for 50% off a fabric cut, and Butterick patterns were 99 cents, and 2 hours later I stumbled upon this funky yellow geometric fabric. I knew it had to turn into something vintage-inspired. I couldn’t find anything I wanted it to be in Butterick, but fortunately I had bought Simplicity 1913 (at a different 99 cent sale) when I saw Suzannah’s Version on her blog, Adventures in Dressmaking.

I’m having some mixed feelings about the result:

When I first put it on, I really hated it, but now it’s growing on me. Also, I always forget how much I hate gathered sleeves. People complain so much about button holes, but really I’d rather make 100 button holes than gather in 2 cap sleeves.

Next time I make it, sleeveless version. All in all, it’s a great pattern and incredibly versatile; if you want something retro inspired but still modern, I highly recommend it.

  1. I agree with Jadestar that this cute little dress needs a black belt. I think it would give it a little more “finish.” I also am loving yellow this summer, and that fabric is so cute! I like the gathered sleeves. Also, the tailoring on it is perfect! Lovely!

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