Vintage Pattern Review: Simplicity 8183

I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago.  I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch.  It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?

This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew.  I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.

I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back.  It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”.  I think it turned out great!

Happy Sewing!


Vintage Pattern Review: Assymetric Wrap Skirt

I don’t know about you but I ADORE wrap skirts.  They are so easy to wear and can be created in an endless array of colors and (even normally avoided) prints.  As of late, I have been hooked onto this sweet number 4287 by Butterick, circa 1969.  It has extra long wraparound ties, two side pockets and a funky asymmetric hem!

This pattern is so quick and simple to whip up with only 4 pattern pieces.  I only had to make a couple of minor adjustments to accommodate my non-size 8 body, but no other changes were necessary.  I thought the pocket a cute feature as it doesn’t require a separate pattern piece, you just fold it back and stitch it to the skirt body!

I did one skirt up in a funky cotton tribal print, one in a lovely peacock print (wish I had more of this fabric), one in a retro circle print, and one in a poly satin stripe.  I’m thinking next I might do a lightweight corduroy for Fall or cotton eyelet for summer.

The swimsuit however, being a size 8, is completely out of the question, so…

Vintage Pattern Review – Simplicity 8247 Halter Sundress

Like many of my fellow seamstresses, I regularly vow not to purchase any more fabric or patterns until I have used what’s already in my stash. That NEVER happens!  As such, I came across this cute simplicity sundress pattern from 1969 and could not resist it.  There are two different bodice styles and it can be created in a knee-length or evening length.  It wraps around the back and ties at the front.  Fortunately there are only four pattern pieces, so this was a breeze to whip up.  So breezy, in fact that I made three versions of it!

Fortunately, no changes to the pattern or construction were necessary.  However, if I make it again, and I probably will, I’ll cut the crossover bodice a little higher as it plunges just a bit low.  I would also steer clear of medium weight fabrics and stick with lightweights as the gathers under the bustline add a bit of bulk.

I happily let the ethnic kente print version go as an acquaintance of mine was in search of a non-traditional dress she could wear for her wedding (awesome!), but the other two have dates with me one hot summer night in the near future (smile).