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!


Pattern Review – Simplicity 1692

One of my sewing goals for 2016 was to use up my fabric stash AND finally create some lovely things with the boxes of vintage patterns I’ve been hoarding.  By coincidence, an acquaintance gave me this lovely floral rayon fabric that looks EXACTLY like the print used on the front of the Simplicity 1692 pattern envelope!

I was a bit hesitant to work on 1940’s pieces as they are not usually flattering for curvy girls right out of the envelope.  I knew I’d have to make a few changes, but I think all in all it turned out pretty well.

I eliminated one set of back darts, added a bit of ease at the waist to make it a pullover style (no side zipper needed), and altered the cuffs to mimic the neck binding.  I liked the cute little bows so I kept them at the sleeve hem.

I think I will definitely make this again, but next time I’ll alter the pattern to add more ease in the sleeves, change the bodice back to a button closure, and add a bit of length to the hem.

Now I need a flirty white linen skirt to match!

Vintage Pattern Review – 50’s Blouse with a 70’s Vibe

I’ve had vintage Simplicity 2127 in my stash for a while, but I was torn as to what fabric to make with it.  Since my theme for Pittsburgh Fashion Week was hippie/mod/retro, I thought this blouse was perfect for the look I was going for.  It’s actually a 1950’s pattern, but the style has withstood the test of time so it was perfect for my 1970’s themed outfit.

The top is see through lace fabric, off-the-shoulder style with elastic in the top, bottom and sleeves.  The bottoms I created from a pair of Old Navy jeans that I cut off and added three rows of the same fabric gathered in graduated widths to make bell bottoms.

I think this look is SO cute! It’s a little bit funky and perfect for summer!  I should have had my lovely model wear a flower garland in her hair, but didn’t think of it until it was too late.  😦

Thanks for looking!


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).

Vintage Pattern Review: Babydoll Nightie

This sweet little nightie set reminds me of something Doris Day would have worn in The Pajama Game (1957).  Cute and comfy, this set was created in a lightweight baby pink flannel.  I really would rather have used a lightweight satin, but couldn’t find one that I really loved, so the flannel was a compromise.

But, I think it turned out cute anyway!  The pattern is a 1950’s Simplicity number 1102.  It has a wide, gathered neckline, short, puffy sleeves and matching panties with elasticized legs.  I trimmed it with white lace and satin bows.  I only made one slight change to the pattern which was to eliminate the front and back seams on the gown.

So sweet, Simplicity even designed a little girls’ pattern that is exactly like it!   Don’t you just love all things vintage?