June 19 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

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Sewn by Angie, Quality Time

Pattern: Simplicity 4887 (a vintage pattern from early-mid 1960s)
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in blue/grey/cream colorway

Angie writes, “As this was a vintage pattern, I encountered several interesting things in the process of making this dress! One very helpful marking printed on the tissue was a dart fitting line on the back neck. I often have gaping necklines in back (to the point I’ve wondered if I walk around like a goose with my head thrust forward!) and this little dart line was awesome! I was able to fit the neckline perfectly in back, a rarity for me.

Vintage patterns in particular are interesting to make for these little tidbits of lost sewing history! My pattern was old enough that it was still being printed one size per envelope, and my size was a ‘half’ size. This would be what we would call a petite today, with the petite alteration already built into the pattern. Can you imagine?! I’m not ‘petite’ in height, I’m 5’5, but the torso fit me perfectly right out of the envelope. This ended up being a revelation to me (shortwaisted me, in fact!) I am now making a petite adjustment above the waist on most patterns, because I find they fit better! I may never have discovered that without having used this vintage ‘half size’ pattern.

The finishing techniques and instructions were great. Not too wordy, only one page of instructions, very concise and to the point. I enjoyed the pattern and the dress so much that I plan on several more!”

Angie wrote about the pattern and dress, with more views, on her Quality Time blog and also on her fun community vintage sewing blog We Sew Vintage.

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65 Responses to June 19 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. Desiree says:


  2. sewlindaann says:

    I loved both of the blogs listed so much I subscribed in Reader. I love the dress pattern and the Amy Butler fabric really looks wonderful. Great work! So inspiring.

  3. susan hwang says:

    vintage = classy. love it!

  4. Debbie says:

    I just love the dress the print the fit everything!

  5. Trish B. says:

    The dress fits you well and is made of such charming fabric!

  6. Faith says:

    I love the fabric and the dress. cute.

  7. Katie says:

    Oh! What fun to hear about those little details. Even after 21 days of Make it, Wear it!, I’m still leery of sewing clothing for my odd-sized self. Maybe someday I’ll discover a trick too!

  8. Ramona says:

    I just love this dress on you. The fabric is beautiful.

  9. Katrina says:

    thanks for the info. on vintage patterns, your dress looks wonderful!

  10. Keyka says:

    Fabulous dress! That is interesting about the neck dart. I’ve always been fond of darts for fitting and love the idea of fitting the back neck with one so it doesn’t gape open.

  11. omama says:

    Good work! Love the classic feel and bold fabric.

  12. Jennifer S. says:

    So cute! And I love your shoes!

  13. Morgan says:

    That is really cute! I love the fabric, and the pattern is really flattering. It looks like it fits you really well, too! Nice job!!

  14. Laura says:

    I love the fabric!

  15. Ginger says:

    I love Angie’s dress. And it’s so nice to see a full figured gal. 🙂

  16. jennee says:

    I love the theme this month. What a great idea.

  17. Erica says:

    You have inspired me to try one of the many vintage patterns I’ve been collecting. I read a lot of your blog this morning and love your clothing. I am a plus sized woman and I love wearing dresses when I can find them to fit me correctly. You really have inspired me. Thank you.

  18. Mama Lusco says:

    This is lovely! Thanks for the insight about sewing a vintage pattern. I have some to try but haven’t yet 🙂

  19. Kelli says:

    I love the fabric! It’s so cute! Great job on the dress. Isn’t it interesting to see how patterns have changed.

  20. DebbieKL says:

    Very nice dress! I love the simplicity of it.

  21. Tracey says:

    Love this. And love the fabric – it works so well! That is something I feel I need to get better at – fitting fabric with patterns and how they will look with me.

  22. You look radiant in this dress and the styling is fab. Love the fabric.

  23. Unity says:

    Very nice dress! I love the color. 🙂

  24. Monika says:

    Very interesting what Angie said about the vintage pattern… these little things, today forgotten. I keep lots of little things like that for my pattern making… or trying making 😉

    Angie looks great in the dress and the fabric is nice, too!
    I think she’s done a great job!

  25. Rebecca says:

    Great dress!

  26. kerri says:

    Well done! I love a vintage pattern in a modern fabric…that was based on vintage fabrics…that ends up pretty modern looking. You did a lovely job!

  27. Jenny says:

    So beautiful! love the colors together!

  28. Rochelle says:

    That dress is adorable and the fabric is perfect! The dress looks like it fits you so well.

  29. upstatelisa says:

    very cute!

  30. Karin says:

    That is a super cute dress and it looks adorable on you! I think I’ll have to look at vintage patterns as more than just art aupplies from now on. 🙂

  31. kelly jo says:

    What a beautiful dress! It fits so well! With new fabric, it hardly looks vintage – it looks very modern!

  32. Sade says:

    Great dress!

  33. Joke says:

    Wow, I love how great it looks paired with the yellow shoes and cardi, I’ll keep that in mind!

  34. Florence says:

    What a stunning dress – it looks wonderful. I am also completely in love Angie’s cardigan and shoes.

    Florence x

  35. Mindy says:

    I love the background in the picture, it goes with your dress so nicely!

  36. Kelli says:

    Angie looks amazing in that dress! I enjoy seeing styles that work on curvier women, too!

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  38. Trina says:

    You look lovely in that dress- and so happy as well! Good work finding a pattern that fits you perfectly, something i am still struggling with!

  39. Heather C says:

    So happy to see a Make It Wear It inspiration featuring someone fuller-figured. I’m often frustrated when I see something on someone thiner than I am and worry that it would never look that good on me. The dress is gorgeous and Angie looks amazing in it.

    BTW… Love those shoes 😀

  40. Andi says:

    Gorgeous! Love the fabric and the dress and enjoyed reading about the process too.

  41. Morgan says:

    Lovely dress and what great tips!

  42. Marcia W. says:

    The print of the fabric for the dress is wonderful. Like the slightly gathered skirt.

  43. Kristy says:

    Love that dress!

  44. Beth says:

    This is a terrific dress! Great fabric choice too.

  45. georgia says:

    It is lovely! I need one!

  46. Jane says:

    What a great dress. I LOVE that fabric. I’m super happy to have used it for a project and have a decent amount of scraps to use for quilting projects.

  47. MissMary says:

    ADORABLE!! Thanks so much for the note about adjusting for petites, too 🙂

  48. Sara says:

    So cute, like the length and everything else about this number!

  49. sy says:

    beautiful dress 😀 thanks for sharing your experience with the vintage pattern.

  50. kathyh says:

    Petite is a term that is hard to get your head around.
    My mom hated shopping for ready to wear because nothing ever fitted. And then – in her 70’s, mind you, she discovered petite sizing. She’s never considered herself as a petite woman but related terms such as short-waisted crop up here.
    The dress is outstanding on you.

  51. Angela says:


  52. Stacey C. says:

    What a great dress! Love it!

  53. Tatania says:

    The dress looks fantastic. It’s handy to know the little tips that the vintage pattern gave.

  54. Margie Bennett says:

    Your dress is so beautiful & fits you perfectly! I really love your fabric choice.

  55. all8garden says:

    I Love and hate vintage patterns. Love, Love, Love the styles! Was just looking at a vintage Barbie fashion catalog last night; Oh how I would love to make some of them, to fit me. (lol) Thanks for this post.

  56. Amber F. says:

    That’s sooo cute. I inherited a box of vintage patterns from my (deceased) mother in law. I really want to make some but am really afraid since most are uncut & I’ve heard/read that the sizes are totally different. I would love to see more info on vintage patterns!!

  57. Bonnie C says:

    So pretty!!

  58. Laurel says:

    Very nice

  59. Corrie says:

    Wow! That is such a cute dress. It looks great on you!

  60. corinnea says:

    Very pretty! I love your colors combination. Now I’m heading to your blog!

  61. QSOgirl says:

    I love the look of vintage patterns! I especially like how Angie used a modern print with the vintage dress–it turned out great! I’ve only sewed the re-released Vogue Vintage patterns, but maybe someday I’ll get my hands on a “real” one and give it a shot 🙂

  62. Chris says:

    I love this dress…and the beautiful sweater/shoes to go with. What fun inspiration.

  63. christine says:

    what a great dress! i have talked to many women that have been sewing for years and they too have made comments about the patterns of days gone by. apparently, they were much more thorough back then. i am thinking i need to find a few for myself. thanks for sharing and I LOVE THE SHOES.

  64. Tong Yu says:

    oh this fabric is so perfect for the dress, and that cardigan! very cute!!

  65. 4vs1 says:

    Wow! What a cute dress!!! You have me wanting to head to the thrift shops to see what goodies they may have hiding in there. 🙂

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