1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The Wear-anywhere Shift Dress

August 10, 2015
Simplicity 3833 Mai Attique

Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I blog at maiattique.com.au. I have been a long time lurker on this forum, even before I learnt how to sew which is a little over a year ago. Today marks my first post on WeSewRetro and I hope there will be a lot more in the future! :- )

This dress from Simplicity 3833 is a versatile choice for both work and play, which I think is no stranger for vintage-loving sewists out there, especially from this sewing community. I sewed view A where it’s a long sleeves version with belt and button at the back.

Simplicity 3833

This is the first time I sewed a reproduction pattern so I did not know what to expect. I thought they would grade multiple sizes on the same pattern paper but actually there are not. Size 6, 10, 14 are grouped together while size 8 and 12 are in the others. This made it a little tricky for me because I had to cut size 6 for the upper half and size 12 for the remaining. Therefore I made up lines and blend them in. Luckily they turned out okay.

Mai Attique Simplicity 3833

The dress hits below the knee for me so I hemmed it up by 2.5″ as it already looks like maternity wear on me from the side so I did not want it to overwhelm for my frame neither. One of the nice feature of this pattern in my opinion is the elbow darts, which is hard to come by these days. They shape the elbow curve nicely, allow you room to move and make it comfortable to wear. Although I wish there were pockets in this pattern, which I will definitely draft next time, overall this is easily a go-to dress for me as I can pair it with any coats, jackets or accessories, or on its own when it gets warmer (I live in Melbourne, Australia so it’s actually Winter here at the moment).

More details of the pattern review and photos are on my blog.


  1. I’m glad you posted, Emily! I stumbled across your blog in the past and remember thinking, “Another person who sews vintage!” I think you have a good eye for picking out patterns that suit you well. Thank you for sharing your pretty dress with us!

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