Simplicity 1459 - Vintage 1950s Shirt Dress2/14/2017
|Simplicity 1459 - Vintage 1950s Shirt Dress|
This dress is the perfect vintage Valentine's Day dress, which I'll certainly be rocking well into the Summer. I've been keeping an eye on this vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 pattern for a while as I'm a sucker for a shirt dress, especially a vintage one! So in collaboration with online haberdashery Weaver Dee it felt like the perfect time to try it, paired with a classic floral cotton for a true retro vibe.
Here's a peek at the pattern:
|Lots of gorgeous variations!|
|Straight out of Mad Men!|
Now it wouldn't be me without a mistake in there (flawless garment where are you?), and whilst on sewing auto pilot I forgot to sew the points into the collar as instructed. Which resulted in an unusual looking collar shape. I asked my mum what she thought and the look on her face said it all so I ended up fixing it. Which I'm glad I did as I know it would of annoyed me to not get this obvious design feature right.
I just want to talk about sizing for a second, hopefully it might help someone out there. I always struggle with sizing. I have an hourglass figure and fit in size 10 or 12 (UK) depending on the garment/style. I always struggle with sewing pattern sizing, resulting in baggy or too tight makes. In this pattern I cut the size 14 with no modifications. Usually a size 14 is a 28" waist with a 36" bust and 38" hips. My bust & hip measurements are larger than this, but on this particular style with free hips and a generous button up bust, the 14 was perfect for me. However if the style wasn't button up or had fitted hips I would of cut a 16 with room to tailor the waist.
Pattern: Simplicity 1459 - Weaver Dee
Fabric: Poly Cotton Fabric - Navy / Pink Rose Garden - £3.00 per m - Weaver Dee
Notions: Medium Weight Iron on Interfacing & 22" & Concealed Nylon Zip [817 Cerise Pink] - Weaver Dee
Sewing time: I spent two afternoons on this.
Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper
Fit: Perfect! I know, I'm surprised too.
Difficulty: Straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised at how simply this came together (ignoring my stupid mistake!). I'd also recommend this for adventurous beginners.
Watch out for: Don't forget to sew the collar points properly like me!
Make again?: Yes!
|Styled with my new favourite bag. Very Valentine's appropriate!|
Will you be trying this Simplicity 1459 pattern?
Thanks for reading, pinups!
The pattern, fabric and notions were my choices supplied to me free of charge by Weaver Dee.
All thoughts & opinions are my own.