This dress is made from Simplicity 7130 which seems to be from the early 70's.
I have made this dress once before for my daughter who was doing a project on the 1940's. Yeah, I know that doesn't make sense. But the dress does have a 40's vibe to it. I cut the collar down A LOT. I mean holy-moly why the huge collar 70's ladies?
This is my first version...
In the new dress, I used a repro print, that still speaks vintage 1940's to me-sorry I just can't see this as a 70's dress. I used a basic industrial grade gray shade for the accents and tie. Very Rosie the Riveter if you will. This is the same girl a year and a half later. Holy-stop growing so damn tall-girl! (Notice that you can't see knees in the first!)
And look at the collar! I cut it down by at least an inch all around and it's still substantial.
This is a very easy pattern to put together. There is a zippered front, so there's that. Sometimes zippers go in easy-peasy for me, sometimes I find myself slamming my head against the wall when trying to put them in. I have learned that it works nicely to hand baste the zipper in first before just jumping in and sewing with the machine.
Oh and the back neck facing is too short. It may have something to do with the fact that I have cut the collar down by at least an inch, but I don't think that's it entirely. It seems to be at least half the size it should be
and I have had to draft my own facing both times I've made the dress.
This dress is a size 14 (It is pinned in the back to fit my skinny-minny up there) and seems to run pretty close to modern size. I'd say 12/14. It fits me comfortably and I am a modern size 12.
This is one I would definitely make again. From start to finish I have about six hours into it.
What do you think, does it scream 1970's or 1940's to you? Would you wear it, or is it too costume-y? I love to hear your comments!