I love a versatile sewing pattern. So when I found this gem at a local op-shop, I quickly snaffled it up! Perfect for tank tops, shirts and dresses.
Did you know that older patterns were all sold by size? Me neither (mental note for next time). Luckily the pattern was the right size anyway. Phew.
If you haven’t done much sewing before, I highly recommend starting with following a pattern. You will learn lots of skills and techniques along the way that will bode well for future sewing.
If you want this look but can’t find the pattern, try Simplicity 1776:
If buying a pattern second hand, you can’t always guarantee that all the pieces will be there. It’s worth opening it all up to count the pieces before purchasing, if you’re able.
Fortunately, the pattern I got was only missing the front and back facings. Of all the pattern pieces, these are the easiest to draw up yourself, so it’s not a big deal.
Missing Pieces – How to Draw a Facing
I was missing the neck facings on both front and back panels. So I laid out the body pattern pieces (front and back) on top of some paper and traced around the neck edge and across the shoulder seam on each of them.
Then, I measured about 2 inches (10 cm) from the neck edge along the shoulder. Draw a line, the same distance away, following the neck line from this point all the way around to the centre edge.
That’s it! Cut it out and that’s your facing. It’s just an exact mirror of the main pattern (or at least a small portion of it) to be sewn onto the inside edge.
Total cost: $20 (polyester fabric – feels like silk! – from Spotlight and vintage pattern)
Difficulty: Easy. Especially because I skipped the zip and just sewed up the back seam.
Time: 3-4 hours
Notes: The arm facings don’t sit very flat and could be a problem with nowhere to tack them onto at the back. I’ll just be mindful of them when getting dressed.
looks awesome. Love the pattern it suits you very well :o)
Thanks Miriam. You’re doing an amazing job with the bloggers get together. Loving all the updates and badge ideas. Can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Fantastic dress, and great tips here too, thanks
Thanks Erica. I’m enjoying seeing what you have happening too. The tour of the op-shop facility looks fascinating!
This dress looks great on you! The style / cut must really suit your figure! Good job 🙂
Thanks Sophie. I think it’s fair to say we all have things about our own bodies we don’t like and fortunately, this dress disguises my post-baby belly and lack of cleavage 🙂 By the way, your kids table DIY is awesome!! Very high end. Well done!
Love it! The dress really suits you
Thanks Rosie 🙂
What a pretty dress. Very flattering on you! 🙂
Thanks Jen. I’m loving what you are doing over on your blog too. Can’t wait for the grand unveiling of the jacket!
Oh. My. I love it!! Completely jealous of those of you who can sew!!
Thanks Hazel. It’s really not as hard as it sounds, but I must say, spare time and headspace is a huge factor 😉
I am so impressed…and SOLD! I would LOVE to talk about doing a skill-swap.
Ok, yay! Will email you shortly
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