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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> 1587 (Misses/ Petite Dress)

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Posted on:4/29/14 1:16 AM
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Available for sale on PR: $17.95 Pattern Details
Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Misses' & miss petite 1940's vintage dress with short or 1/4 length sleeves & gathered V-neck with bow or button detailing. Features a yoke at the waist that flares at the hips. Simplicity archive sewing pattern.

Pattern Sizing: H5 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) I used a size 12, grading out to a 14 at the lower hip - turns out a size 12 would have been fine.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are well done. They are not exactly vintage correct, but they will get the job done.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My main issue with the vintage reproduction is the massive number of changes they must have made to the original.

The back facing is large and cumbersome, and I have never seen anything like it in a vintage pattern. I used a narrow rectangle of self-fabric to make a placket instead. Pictures of those steps may be found here.

Also, the directions call for an invisible zipper, which I find somewhat suspect. I would guess that the original would have used a snap placket or a lapped zipper. Although, to be fair, since the only natural colored zipper I had on hand was invisible, I ended up using one! I think individual projects call for different notions, but do get a bit irritated when the pattern manufacturers call something a reproduction and then alter important aspects of the design/construction.

Also, the length is very short. Sure, that saves on fabric, but is not what the original looked like.

That being said, this Simplicity pattern has more pieces and is more detailed in its design than some of the Vintage Vogues that have been coming out lately. I really do hope they keep reproducing more intricate vintage patterns - and stick more to the originals next time!

Fabric Used:
*Dotted Swiss Cotton Print

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added my standard 3/4" to the torso length.

Because I suspected that this pattern was going to be on the short side (just like this other Simplicity vintage reproduction) I also added one inch to the skirt hem. And I am really glad that I did. The envelope cover model's dress covers her knees which is really surprising. The only thing I can figure is that she is extremely petite.

To reinforce the inner corner of the skirt yoke, I used a scrap of silk organza (just like your would a gusset.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may take another stab at this pattern again in the future, but I am going to set it aside for now.

Conclusion: Even with all of the vintage inaccuracies, the design is really cute with some interesting style lines. Great dress that does not need a whole lot of yardage - make, do, and mend at its finest!

More pictures may be found over on my blog Lilacs & Lace.
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georgieb said...
Just beautiful!! Now I have to go make one too!
6/18/14 2:00 PM
hopflower said...
Very inspiring. I will have to look into one of these for myself. The fabric is too pretty!
5/29/14 10:56 AM
ckck said...
What a beautiful dress. This pattern is in my to do pile. Thank you for the tips regarding the length.
4/30/14 9:00 AM
FreyaStark said...
Gorgeous! I love it. I think it is silly to be purist about vintage techniques (unless perhaps you are entering a competition). The main thing is ending up with a wearable garment, and if big 4 reproduction patterns make it easier for more people to make vintage garments - good on them!
4/30/14 5:21 AM
supizoo said...
Very pretty. May I ask, if someone with ok skills wanted to have a go at a vintage-style pattern, is there a particular company you would recommend as a starting point for learning basic vintage techniques? Thanks.
4/29/14 6:00 PM
Suzi sew 92 said...
That looks really good :) nice job!
4/29/14 8:19 AM
persevering said...
Oh, how very lovely! Thanks for your review.
4/29/14 7:26 AM
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