Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simplicity 9969...

Even though it is getting chilly here in Australia I still have summer dresses to show you.

This is a "costume" pattern from Simplicity (I recently won on Ebay), a reproduction of the style of dresses the "torch" singers wore while singing to the troops in WWII.

The pattern was not cheap, at $24.00, but I love the style, the drape front, the frills, and the sweetheart neckline.  I made view A.

Sorry about the lousy backdrop, it was too dark outside (early a.m.) to take a photo.

The fabric was bought from a lady who is selling lots of vintage fabric from a recently deceased "hoarder" of fabric...the husband didn't know what to do with all the fabric, so she is selling it and giving the money to their church.  I often wonder what my family would do with my stash ?!?!?

Anyway...the dress was easy to sew, and my only adjustment was to add about 1.5 cm to the waist only, thanks to my modern, and not 1950s, figure!  I am going to make the longer sleeve version next - I really need some cool weather dresses...

The dress is incredibly flattering, with its slight a-line skirt, and I felt very nice going to "town" (Melbourne) in my most recent best dress.  A woman with a retro dress store asked if I would make some for her shop...if only I could make it more low-cut at the neck, and a much tighter skirt :-) 

I love it just the way it is!


  1. A "costume"? Oh Simplicity, what do you know? It doesn't look like a costume at all, it looks absolutely stunning! What a great find, and in such lovely fabric too.

  2. I agree with you - the dress is lovely as it is. Great pattern find.

  3. Love your pattern..The dress turned out so pretty..[and I so agree.. wow... the ladies in the 40's and 50's had really tiny waist.ha]..
    What a nice compliment , for the store person to ask you to make them for the store..

    I too wonder what my family would do with my stash.. No telling???