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Workin 9 to 5

Added Sep 17, 2012

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






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.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Business, Preppy, Vintage

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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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