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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!


  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!

  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!

  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.

  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!

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

  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.

  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.