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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sewing vintage--Simplicity 8541 from 1969.

    Do you remember that upcycle contest I won a while back?  Well, I won a gift certificate to a site called oldpatterns.com.  It was a very enjoyable experience picking out some vintage patterns to try!    

    I just loved this one shown above.  It sort of reminds me a flight attendants dress.  The slight A-line shape with the front pleat and of course the collar drew me to this pattern right away!


Here is my version of view 1.  Short sleeves that I had to cut on the bias due to my limited fabric.  This fabric has been in my stash since last summer.  This was a purchase I made when Hancock's was still in business.  I am still in mourning over that loss.  


I only made a swayback and sloping shoulder adjustment.  This pattern is a size 16 for a full bust of 38 and might I say, this fits really well?  I didn't even muslin it but did tissue fit it to find out if I need an FBA.  Turns out, I did not!


Those buttons are purely for asthetics.  I debated whether to use them or not.  These are a cobalt blue and while they are fine, I am not sure they truly work.  


I am so thrilled with the overall fit of this dress and the floral print of my linen.  



Look at the back!  If I do say so myself, I think that fits very well and my zipper application is pretty darn good!  

I have several other patterns to try that are also vintage.  I really enjoyed sewing this one!  DH likes it as well but not the buttons.  Maybe I should remove them?  

Thanks for reading!
Sue 

8 comments:

  1. You look amazing in this dress:) I see endless possibilities in your future with your sloper. I'm with you're husband--lose the buttons!

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  2. I love this floral and the a line shape of this dress! I am still in mourning over Hancock's too, they were so near to my house and their store front is now a Planet Fitness, wahhh!

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  3. What what a great dress! It looks so modern and fresh even though a vintage pattern. It fits you so well and is very flattering.

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  4. I agree with your husband & Janet that the buttons don't really do anything but perhaps distract from that gorgeous print. It's a beautiful dress that fits you so well it doesn't really need any more embellishment than that!

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  5. Pretty dress...love the print and it fits you nicely.

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  6. Coming out of lurkdom to say what a pretty dress, and you look lovely in it! I agree with your husband - the buttons don't add anything and that beautiful print would likely be better without them.

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  7. I love this dress and the pattern! Of course I own the pattern and your version is making think I should pull it out and try my hand at it. BTW, I like the buttons so I hope you will leave them on.

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