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1956’s Simplicity 1583

August 1, 2014
Just thought I’d share my most recent creation.
Since sewing,  I’ve always stuck to the 60’s. I really want to sew some of my older patterns…but I’m a tad overwhelmed. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the age of the pattern. I decided to tackle that fear/feeling with Simplicity 1583 from 1956. The pattern came from my stash.
As for the fabric, it also came from my stash. I can’t find any markings on it, but it was 48″-ish in width. I bought it (2 3/4ish yards) at a thrift store in North Carolina in 2009 for $2.20. I had no intention of ever turing it into an article of clothing, but loved the print. So the mystery remains, is it a replica or true vintage? My gut says it’s a really good replica. I also wish I had some left over to sell!
Oh I suppose I should mention that this is a two piece set, not a dress. I just keep calling it a dress. lol. Well anyways, the skirt was super easy so sew! Just a plain dirndl style skirt. The top was easy until I got to the V shape panels and sleeves. I think it came out a bit wonky, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable. Oh well! The top is still wearable. I’m really looking forward to wearing the pieces with modern separates.
For lots of other pictures, be sure to check out here on my blog, Through the Alley.
  1. You might want to take a look at Erica B DIY Style blog. She did a post a couple of weeks ago on a newer Vogue 1392 dress that has a similar shoulder as yours. She shows how she applied an elastic shoulder strap to keep the wonkiness at bay. Then you won’t be saying oh well but oh WOW! I love the outfit. Hope you get a lot of wear out of it.

  2. Hi Allie,

    I think you’ve done a brilliant job with this. Love the print, I think if I had a dress made of that it would make me happy each time I wore it!

    Looking forward to seeing more ‘old’ Retro dresses from you!

    Linda xx

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