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Dotted Swiss

Added Apr 29, 2014

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Simplicity 1587: Misses’ & misses’ petite 1940’s vintage dress with short or 1/4 length sleeves & gathered V-neck with bow or button detailing. Features a yoke at the waist that flares at the hips. Simplicity archive sewing pattern.

My main issue with this vintage reproduction is the massive number of changes they must have made to the original.

The back facing is large and cumbersome, and I have never seen anything like it on a vintage pattern. I used a narrow rectangle of self-fabric to make a placket instead. Pictures of those steps may be found here.

Also, the directions call for an invisible zipper, which I find somewhat suspect. I would guess that the original would have used a snap placket or a lapped zipper. Although, to be fair, since the only natural colored zipper I had on hand was invisible, I ended up using one! I think individual projects call for different notions, but do get a bit irritated when the pattern manufacturers call something a reproduction and then alter important aspects of the design/construction.

To reinforce the inner corner of the skirt yoke, I used a scrap of silk organza (just like your would a gusset.

That being said, this Simplicity pattern has more pieces and is more detailed in its design than some of the Vintage Vogues that have been coming out lately. I really do hope they keep reproducing more intricate vintage patterns – and stick more to the originals next time! Even with all of the vintage inaccuracies, the design is really cute with some interesting style lines.

More pictures may be found over on my blog Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Dotted Swiss Cotton Print




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    May 5, 2014, 01.45 AMby nrobson

    This looks pretty

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    May 1, 2014, 09.42 AMby prestonmbridal

    nice dress!

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    May 1, 2014, 09.16 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very nice dress! Cograts on being featured! ;)

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    Apr 30, 2014, 09.18 AMby kihli

    Gorgeous dress! And I think that the fabric you chose goes really well with the pattern, you look fantastic!

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    Apr 29, 2014, 08.59 PMby Leonika

    I love that dress! And where did you get those lovely shoes?

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      Apr 29, 2014, 09.04 PMby lauramae

      Thanks! The shoes are Miz Mooz from a couple of years ago – I often think the blue is a little too bright for most of my outfits, but for this dress they worked perfectly!

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    Apr 29, 2014, 08.24 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and gorgeous shoes x

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    Apr 29, 2014, 05.17 PMby maggieg5

    What a great dress, looks wonderful, and I love the shoes as well :0)

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    Apr 29, 2014, 07.02 AMby loves2sew555

    wow! I love this dress. the vintage feel is FAB and the fabric is beautiful. LOVE IT!!!

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