Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Simplicity 8573 and Vintage Pledge


Well it's been a busy summer holiday season what with ageing parents and young children. It's been that 'busy but relaxed' sort of time - many activities, like the day at the big rambling park with lots of friends and cousins and the kids with their bikes and scooters and long picnic table with food. It made for a really fun day and the bonus was that it was so cool at the park despite the 34 deg celsius. 


I actually made this a couple of months ago and have worn this to death. I have spoken of it but had no pictures with me wearing it. It's a Simplicity Jiffy Plus pattern - what's the plus mean? I don't know... maybe a bit more complex? Anyway it was quick and easy.  A couple of things to note about the pattern. See the ties? They are just threaded through channels on the right side of the dress and the back is one piece but the front is made of the top bodice and the skirt part. I omitted the pockets so the pattern would be seen. I also didn't use buttons, but made the button holes and put the straps through and tied them in a knot and then sewed it down... this slips easily over my head with no loosening of the ties even.


 Some bad photos ... I was just going to the pool for aqua aerobics (you can see my tog straps) and thought it is probably my only opportunity for a snap. I love the diagonal on the front.


The back lines are straight as mentioned before, it's one piece with the channel for the ties sewn on the right side. I used a sarong I bought in Singapore in 2009 (I love shopping and eating in Singapore) and if you notice, I used the 'fancy' panel that is normally on the front when wearing a sarong for the front, and the balance of the fabric I used on the back. Surprisingly, a sarong was the perfect size for this dress.
The pattern was actually a bit wider down the bottom but I straightened it a bit to fit the sarong width. With a drapier fabric I think it would be fine but as a sarong is made of lovely cotton, it was actually better this width for me. 

The colours are exactly right here.

I knew the top wouldn't be big enough and the two piece front - bodice and skirt pattern pieces - made it easy to do a full bust adjustment. I tried two methods but felt the usual one seen was the more accurate. I did forget to add extra on the back piece for the added length on the front piece, but I just gathered it lightly on the front piece to fit the back, which was fine. I also gathered the extra length of the under bust seam with gathers and as the ties gather the dress, it is worked out well. The only thing I didn't think to do is to lower the neckline... I think when you have a large bust it looks better with a lower neckline.. I'll cut it down by about 5 or 6 cm. If I had enough scrap I'd do it for this as it kind of bothers me a bit being so high.

Other than the neckline, I am pretty happy with this dress. It's perfect for a hot day and it's a good style for me. I like a shorter length but I think it would look terrible with the sarong print cut off so I've left it. I still have to finish those Burda trousers by just putting on the waistband but my sewing room is so messy I have to tidy it before I will do that. I can work in a little mess for a while, but I prefer everything in it's place. I'm just trying to make the best use of my 3.5 x 1.7 metre space so may do some rearranging.

Oh the vintage pledge... I'm not a pledger and I rarely join in sewalongs and such like, but I worked out I made many (not sure about 'many') more vintage patterns than I did modern patterns so maybe I should pledge to make 5 vintage patterns this year. Who do I pledge this to?? Can anyone lead me in the right direction? Thanks for reading.

18 comments:

  1. I love your dress, so cute.. Looks great on you.. Happy sewing.

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    1. Thanks Judy, that's a nice compliment.

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  2. This is a great pattern!! You are smashing in it.

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    1. Thanks Mary, it's easy to wear in this heat!

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  3. I like the final look! Where do you get these vintage patterns from, and how are the directions in them? I have heard they tend to be better than the instructions included in the newer patterns today. I would love to try an "older" pattern for a change. I never have.

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    1. Hi Vanessa. Thanks. I get the patterns from op (thrift) shops for normally a few dollars and sometimes I get lucky and they are only $1. I have way too many and will be putting them for sale when I can bother to photograph them etc. I'd love to send you a couple... what sort do you like. Email me at sofiem@internode.on.net and we can work it out.

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  4. It's looks very pretty - great use of the print. I just read that pinafore style dresses are coming back in, so you are ahead of the trend pack :). And as you say, perfect for your climate. I don't mind on the run pictures - it's hard to fit blogging into life, without chasing picture perfection as well. That time is better spent in sewing - for me, at least :)

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    1. Ha, that'll be a first for me to be on trend or ahead! Thank you.

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  5. I like the way you've used the pattern on the fabric. It looks perfect for summer. Sarongs are great to use for sewing aren't they :-) Especially that border they usually have. Nice pattern too. Simple but lovely, and looks very wearable.

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    1. Thanks, yes I thought about how I put it on to make use of the diagonal and vertical pattern. So cool to wear, sarongs.

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  6. I love Jiffy patterns and but them when ever I see them on eBay.
    Cute dress and thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment on my waffley blog post.
    xx N

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    1. Oh my pleasure! I love your blog. I have used many too... and find them a great fit.

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  7. This is a perfect dress for wearing to aquatics. It looks great on you. I haven't picked a pattern for my aquatics dress, but have seen one that one of the ladies wear that I like and this one.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy that's a lovely compliment!

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  8. Your sarong looks really lovely!!

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  9. Well I should say sarong-turned-to-dress looks really lovely! :)

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  10. Hi - I couldn't seem to reply to your comment about the supplex at stretchtex. You can request samples on-line and when they come, send them an email about how much you want of what (quote the codes they have on the sample card). I also say I am happy to pay a fee for the small cuts. Then I give them my phone number so they can call me for payment and I pay over the phone with my CC. They don't give a quote for the delivery fee but don't overcharge (it is heavy fabric). They just charge the final fee after it is cut and they send really fast. Usually get it in a day or two. HTH :) Sue

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    1. Oh thanks Sue. I wrote to them the other day but haven't heard yet. This extra information is really helpful. Maybe I'll ring them to ask for the samples. I'm not in too big a hurry as I have swimwear I am desperate to make but my niece is really keen! Sofie

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