A vintage pattern to make a new dress

My husband’s aunt gave me a big bag of patterns a few years ago. I’ve used a few of them so far (including the blouse pattern from this post), and was finally able to put this dress pattern to good use a couple of weeks ago.

vintage pattern

Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: It took me two evenings after work. So around 6 hours, depending on skill level.

If you want to make this dress for yourself, check out this link for supplies I use for just about every project. Additional sewing supplies you’ll need are listed below:

 

1. Fabric – I would recommend a machine washable cotton since those are the easiest to cut, sew and wash.
2. Buttons – You’ll need three 1/2″ buttons. I have a stash of vintage ones I use, but any will do.
3. Elastic – You’ll need 1/4″ elastic for the waist.
4. Dress Pattern – I used Simplicity 9867 to make this dress.

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I specifically bought this gingham fabric to go with this Simplicity Pattern. I was sort of concerned that I would end up looking like an early 80’s version of Dorothy, but I went with it anyway.  I wore it to work the week I made it, and it was fun to show people the photo of the pattern I had used and to tell them the story of how it had been used by Steve’s aunt over 30 years ago. While I got compliments, I of course also got a couple of Dorothy comments, and one person said I reminded her of Lucille Ball. I hadn’t made that connection, but I think she nailed it.

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I would definitely use this pattern again, but I would change the sleeves next time. The bands at the bottom were too tight for me and I found myself pulling them down all day. Plus the poof at the shoulder was a bit too dramatic for my liking. Other than that, it was a straight forward and easy pattern to follow.

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

This is the only photo I have of me wearing it – buying shorts for a road trip at the Gap. But at least it’s a visual of it not on a tiny dress form.

vintage pattern

And of course there’s Frankie. Killing it at being in the way.

vintage pattern

 ModCloth is my favorite place to shop for vintage-like clothing items that look expensive but are completely affordable. Below are links to some fun gingham dress options in case you want to try the Dorothy/Lucy trend yourself.

  1. Coach Tour Dress // 2. Maine Attraction Dress // 3. Clambake My Day Dress // 4. Atlanta Adventure Dress

5. Throwback Mastery Dress // 6. Next Up, Nashville Dress // 7. Coming Picnic and Fast Dress // 8. Cookout, Here I Come! Dress

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