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.
This is GORGEOUS. I've been wondering how to make a prairie dress look a little more modern, and the striped linen really does it here. Killer. Stevie would be proud.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cindy! :DDelete
love it - simplicity 70s patterns have some great cuts, and the styling is fabReplyDelete
Thanks! I love the old styling also. Its a shame pattern companies don't style things like they used to!Delete