Friday, October 30, 2015

Simplicity 9519 Prairie Dress Pattern Review

Simplicity 9519

A few weeks ago I made Simplicity 9519 view 2. I have recently become enamoured with Prairie Girl dresses from the early 70s so this seemed like the perfect project.

Simplicity 9519 featured in Simplicity Style News August 1971

The pattern was released in 1971, and (after a really long internet search, then sorting through a random free pile of patterns someone gave me) I was able to track down the "Simplicity Fashion News" flyer that featured the pattern in some really, really awful fabric.

My husband was being a dork. I couldn't stop laughing.

I used some stash fabric that I had been saving for the perfect dress. A dusty lavender striped linen. Now, I LOVE the fabric. I only liked working with it though. First, linen is a little wiggly. You wouldn't thinks so, but it likes to slip around a little while cutting, and it had stripes so there was a lot of remeasuring to keep the grain exactly straight. Also, linen wrinkles. In like a second. I had freshly pressed the dress, then driven 20 min to Rose Hill Cemetery for the pictures, completely wrinkled.

The only thing I changed from view 2 was the collar. I used the collar from view 3. I kind of wish I'd gone with the ruffled collar. Of course, you can't see any of this because I am wearing my big black shawl, and channeling Stevie Nicks.

The pattern was quite simple, and a relatively quick sew. I definitely recommend the pattern. Probably the most difficult part is inserting the zipper, which really isn't that hard. I am going to love wearing this for fall! And for all my vintage Coach lovers I was carrying my City Bag, which I thought went well with the dress.

Happy Sewing!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Simplicity 5694

Simplicity 5694 circa 1973

This pattern was printed in 1973. When I saw it I knew I had to make the one piece bathing suit. I tend to love the late 60s early 70s when sewing for myself. If I could get away with it I would be sewing Natural Form dresses to wear everyday. I just don't know if I'm allowed to be quite that eccentric on a regular basis.

Sorry for the awful pics! I haven't had a chance to get good ones!

The suit is simple construction, and... unlined except for the top. I suggest adding lining to the bottom. Thankfully, I only swim with family for the most part. My mom informed me that my swimsuit has a see through effect when wet. So! You've been warned!

Back View

The only thing uncomfortable about this pattern is how tight the neck tie ends up being. One could shorten the top where the ties are threaded I supposed. Perhaps I will do that on my next one. 

Maybe a Pucci Print like this one (taken from Pinterest, dead link)

This one is navy. I chose this color because I already had it in my stash. When I buy fabric for my next one I want to do Pucci inspired print and buy enough to do a matching Biba inspired head wrap. I love Biba.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

3rd Annual Summer Pattern Sale!

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Go straight to the sale!

It's that time again! The annual sale is active! Take 55% off all patterns, no coupon code required!

There are some really great patterns available!

McCall 7823 French Knickers & Bra

New York Gold Seal Pattern 1953

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Flash Sale!!!!

I am having a quick weekend Flash sale! 40% off all sewing patterns and notions.

No coupon necessary! Just follow the link! Active now through Sunday Midnight EST.