Workin 9 to 5

Added Sep 17, 2012

by alekat

Sydney, Australia

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Description

So I got a new job last year in the very corporate arm of a large company and I just cannot restrict myself to black suits everyday while I see people from IT in t shirts and people from marketing in funky clothes. So I figured I need to stock up on some “nice” work dresses that will keep me looking business-y but without suppressing my love of colour and creativity
In my mums pattern stash I found Simplicity 7263 from 1976. it was a pretty simple pattern. the first go I made it a bit too small and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th I got the sizing to a comfy size.
It features 3 buttons on the yoke and a little tie waist. No zipper though, so you have to pull it over your head – hence why small sizing is not ideal!

see more at my blog Sewing The 60s

Material Notes

I made this in a Green/Brown patterned cotton, green splotchy pattern, Seersucker (how good is seersucker?) and plain navy cotton.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Business, Preppy, Vintage
Material
Cotton

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    Sep 23, 2012, 02.59 PMby BeYou TiFul

    All four versions are gorgeous. What a great pattern!

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    Sep 19, 2012, 08.53 AMby Ivanamania

    these dresses are both beautiful and practical. I have the same problem with formal clothes – it is a bit borring. when I learn (I’m in the learning process at the moment) I’ll sew something like this for myself.

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      Sep 20, 2012, 07.13 AMby alekat

      Definitely!! Sew sew sew! It’s so rewarding having well made clothes that you actually want to wear everyday.

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    Sep 18, 2012, 03.39 PMby sewneenee

    love, love, love your dresses. Such a great illustration of the difference fabric choice can make. Dresses are such a great option for work and I love that you’re bringing a bit of your style to corporate office wear.

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      Sep 20, 2012, 07.14 AMby alekat

      Thanks sewneenee!

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    Sep 18, 2012, 11.46 AMby aggelicat .)

    even the same they look a lot different!!

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    Sep 18, 2012, 06.27 AMby prettysewinggirl

    looking great =) Now you will have fun wearing them to work!!

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    Sep 18, 2012, 06.20 AMby headlollipop

    the dress pattern is amazing! Wow, I love your four interpretations, they are so full of personality. The fit does look like it has changed, but all look sweet.

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      Sep 20, 2012, 07.17 AMby alekat

      Thanks! One week I might wear all four and see if anyone notices that they are the same dress!

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    Sep 17, 2012, 11.16 PMby bethmaryharley

    What an awesome pattern! Your mum clearly has great taste! Particularly love the black and white arrow one… :)

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      Sep 18, 2012, 03.45 AMby alekat

      thanks! my mum says thanks also.
      its actually brown and a forest green colour – the photos didnt show that very well.

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      Sep 20, 2012, 09.45 AMby bethmaryharley

      Nice one! I’ve been using green like it’s going out of fashion, so maybe my spider-sense knew…!

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      Sep 20, 2012, 09.50 PMby alekat

      Yay for spider senses!

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    Sep 17, 2012, 10.21 PMby Mary Athey

    all four are lovely and they do look different because of the fabric. well done x

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