1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8498 “Old Faithful” Made Petite

July 14, 2016
Simplicity 8498 “Old Faithful” made petite 01

While searching for a quick and easy to make dress pattern, I came across my wonderfully versatile early 1970s Simplicity pattern which has earned the nickname “Old Faithful” as it hasn’t let me down yet!

I love the options for the dress. It can be, sleeveless, short- or long-sleeved; short or long in length; and can also have a belt with a button fastening at the back.

It’s suitable for a range of materials including cottons, linen, synthetics, crepes, brocade, wool and many more.

Depending on the style and material you choose, you can make a comfortable day dress or a striking evening dress suitable for any season!

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful”

Adjusting the Length

One of the main reasons I make my own clothes is because I’m a petite fit with an extra short waist! This pattern is easy to adapt to fit your length, whether short or tall on the skirt and sleeves.

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful” 01

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful” 02

So I started by measuring from the shortening/lengthening point, the amount I needed to decrease, then folded the pattern down and pinned it. Simple!

Making the Dress

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1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful” 04

Arranging the pieces on the material was easy thanks to the simple instructions and the directions on each individual piece. They clearly explain how to follow the grain as well as how to make sure the pattern of the material flows well.

I decided to make a short sleeve, knee length dress so folded up the parts of the skirt and sleeve that I didn’t need.

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My dress fits perfectly and is incredibly comfortable! Once again the pattern hasn’t let me down!

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful” - Result

  1. I hear you (fellow short waisted lady)! I cannot believe how much waist length I need to take out of some patterns… Who are they made for? I have this pattern too! Should mock it up and make some cute everyday dresses!

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