Apparently reproduction patterns qualify for the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge curated by Marie at A Stitching Odyssey and Kerry at Kestrel Makes. That got me excited because I had been slowly making Simplicity 1459 with some awesome poly viscose I’d snapped up when visiting Minerva’s shop (& this was from Minerva’s massive warehouse) last summer. I am not able to link to the fabric, I am sorry – it was a random roll in the warehouse, & please don’t hate me when I tell you that it was *silly cheap*. The fabric has amazing drape, but it suits my colours & I just loved the vintage vibe given off by its pattern – a kind of splatty check/ plaid. Which is not on grain so that immediately helped give up any notion about trying to match it up. [Score! Hassle averted!]
Simplicity 1459, as mentioned, is a repro 50s dress with a button bodice, that also has a side zip, and the most amazing collar. There are also sleeve length options too. I am picturing the most romantic sleeveless version for the summer. Gingham perhaps? Candy stripes?
I made view A, 3/4 length sleeves and instead of a side zip I converted the dress to a shirt dress with buttons all the way from bodice through to skirt. I couldn’t see the point in adding a zip and buttoning up the bodice. This was not that difficult – I cut the skirt from a straight piece of fabric – as opposed to the pieces provided in the pattern & maximised the width / length of fabric I had left to do this- making a back skirt that was about twice the width of two front skirts. Some of the front skirt width needs to be a front facing- & I interfaced this facing. Apart from that, & making more buttonholes, all the dress sewing is the same as in the pattern, except for not having to insert a zip. Result.
My skirt facings are not as wide as the facings used in the bodice- so I could have managed that better- if I was worried about the inside! But I am not.
The collar is a shoulder covering wonder! Not being sure just *how big* it would turn out, & whether it would suit a small framed person like me, I felt safe in experimenting in this fabric, afterall, if the collar was oversized, the pattern would mitigate. I don’t think it is oversized, but if it’s a dress pattern you like, but would feel as if the collar was too much of a statement, think about what fabric you’d use.
This dress has plenty of swoosh! From behind the collar almost covers your shoulder blades! I have worn it with a cardigan, collar on the outside, & it didn’t cause me issues.
So making this up was fine. I didn’t make any changes to the fit, but made sure to try on as I went along, well the bodice anyway. Potentially bust darts could do with being lowered (as always, it’s my age!), & with that belt on it seems as if I could probably do a small swayback adjustment next time too.
The sleeves were interesting. Can you see from the technical diagram that there are three darts?
I don’t know if you can see them in this picture? The sleeves are pretty sculpted because of this- & in keeping with the snug fit (not much ease across the back) this is not a dress for hanging pictures in. The sleeves are also finished with facings at the hem which is a nice clean touch.
I love the movement of this dress! As I said above, I did not cut out the skirt pattern, but used three rectangles in as much of the width of fabric that I had left. There is a load of gathering going on with this skirt, but because the fabric is so light, drapey & copes so well with gathers, it works like a dream.
I started this thinking I could finish it as part of Miss Clara’s Autumn of 1,000 shirt dresses, but failed to get in there in time (but I still kept the blog badge in my sidebar- the intention was there) . So with that knowledge, I sewed this slow time, and it lived on Barbarella while other projects were being completed. I suppose I treated it as something I really wanted to savour the making of, since it would not be an everyday dress, but I knew it would kick being worn with boots (yay for boots & dresses!).
And maybe, just maybe, my entry for Simplicity’s Blogger Challenge could qualify if I channel some vintage vibes ….are you going to give the challenge a go?
Whilst I am collecting badges, I think this dress could fit with the Simplicity Blogger Circle?
I’ve definitely got the intention to make this dress again. I love it. I am also interested to see how it compares to Butterick 5747…..same kind of statement collar ….