A Navy Midi Dress




Here's a dress from a pattern you may recognize--after all, it is Tried and True month here--or perhaps you will not! This 60s vintage pattern, Simplicity 4475, is the same pattern I used twice in July to make my seersucker dress and this eyelet dress for vintage pledge month!  I'm always amazed by the difference fabric can have when making and remaking a favorite pattern. This time, I used a drapey and lightweight wool blend; it says 12% wool, 88% "CV" and I have no clue what CV is. Any ideas? All I could come up with was cotton voile... I love navy for a nice transitional late summer/early fall dress. Navy is a year-round color for me but I think it is especially appropriate at this time of year.

I went with a below-the-knee silhouette and I think it's nice with the drapey skirt. I do think that it can look a bit long with flats on, though, hence the wedges. I also feel like it just looks like my dress is too big! I generally like a knee-length skirt best... and maybe it's just that I follow a lot of vintage ladies on instagram but it seems like most people agree: for the #sewphotohop day "mini or maxi" my whole feed seemed to be saying "in between!"

A full skirt is so lovely to swish around in, and I'm so happy to have found a pattern that I can grab whenever I have 3 or 4 yards of something nice just begging to be sewn up. At this point in my sewing, I'm feeling good about my tried and true patterns; I have my faithful no-pattern-needed dirndl skirt, this easy to make raglan-sleeve bodice, a nice a-line shift, simple skinny pants, and a few more go-tos that haven't quite hit the blog yet... Soon though! How are you feeling about your collection of tried and true patterns? Is your whole closet full of duplicates? Still searching for repeat patterns? Or do you buy a new pattern for every project? I'm so curious!

xoxo,
allie

ps: i am so far behind on the photo hop... i've been so busy sewing that i haven't been instagramming! if you want to see me frantically trying to catch up, you can follow me here :)

allie J.

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10 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! You can't beat a good navy dress!

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    1. Thank you! You're right, I think it will be very versatile :)

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  2. I LOVE this dress. I loved your other versions too, but this one takes the biscuit. Off to hunt for this pattern on eBay right now – and I always say I don't really get on with 60s fashion!

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    1. Oh thank you Janet! One thing I love about 60s patterns is that they can feel either super vintage or super modern, depending on the styling and fabric. Good luck on your hunt, I hope you find it :)

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  3. This is a great dress, very wearable. I buy mostly vintage repro patterns or patterns that remind me of vintage. I tend to make one-off things as I like to experiment but if I find a pattern I love I will make several in different fabrics. Mostly I find myself making skirts as I like a knee length to midi and can't always find them in the shops.

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  4. This looks so beautiful and classic. Such a big fan of navy. I always think I can't do midi length but you make we wanna try. ;)

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  5. Lovely , very versatile, thank you for sharing

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