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!”
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