1950s | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1573 for summer

July 5, 2015

Simplicity 1573 collar complete

It’s midwinter for me at the moment, but I thought I would share a summer frock I completed a while back, Simplicity 1573 in a pretty floral cotton.

Simplicity 1573 pattern and fabric

This dress has such a gorgeous skirt!

Simplicity 1573

I love the shape of the shoulders too, the only trouble I had was with the cummerbund. It came out really bulky, so I’m back to the drawing board and will try another fabric for next summer. At the moment, I either use this wide white belt or a slim black belt.

Any suggestions for cummerbund success? (Just take a look at the shape of that shoulder…)

Simplicity 1573 bodice on manequin


Happy summer sewing!

  1. If the cummerbund backed try using a silky fabric and if it isn’t already try cutting is on the bias to give it more flexibility. I wouldn’t use an interfacing to get more softness from it. Remember too, those dresses were worn over some pretty firm foundation garment. You did a lovely job your fabric choice is perfect for you!

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