Simplicity 7203: have yourself a groovy little Christmas

the pattern: 
Simplicity 7203 MISSES’ DRESS IN TWO LENGTHS, copyright 1967 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
Envelope describes this as a “tent” dress, quotation marks and all.
Please admire the TERRIFIED EXPRESSION on View 1 Cover Girl there. Any minute now she is going to start grabbing random strangers and shouting, “I’m not wearing this for fashion, ok? I’m in a groovy chorus, ok?! It’s a choir robe! We are all wearing them! They’re just late is all, ok?!!?! Don’t photograph me! No hashtags! No hashtags! Ahhhh!!!!!”
Meanwhile View 3 is casually showing off her totally non-functional buttons.
Meanwhile View 2 is about to drive away on her little red Vespa #cool. 


the size: this pattern is a size 10, which is meant for a 31″ bust. According to the 1967 size chart, I’d be more like a 14 or 16. I was all ready to size this thing up, but then after laying out the pattern pieces and measuring, the only thing I had to make bigger was the armscye.
Which is pretty crazy. This dress must be a Tent on a real size 10 figure.


the fabric: 
The self fabric is a wool crepe that has been in the house for so, so long. Seven years maybe?
I washed and dried the wool in the machine before cutting. The wool crepe fluffed up and got a little softer, thicker, and bouncier, but it didn’t felt itself. So: great. It is now a machine washable garment. In your face, Drycleaner.
The lining is a purple rayon that I bought at a yardsale. Also machine washed and dried, because yardsale. I chose it for this dress because I had enough of it, and because I like the purple and red together.


what I changed from the original:
The main visual thing I changed is the sleeve length. I thought it would be more fun if the sleeve ended magically at the same point as the yoke, so I did that.
I also changed the neckline. That shallow squared-off neck just sreeeeeeeams “choir robe” to me, so I fixed it.
The seam at the center front of the yoke is another change. That is supposed to be on the fold! But I didn’t have enough yardage! Even after deciding on shorter sleeves! So: seamed, pressed open, topstitched.
I made my pockets differently than they suggest, theirs are one layer of pocketing topstitched through the face, I wanted mine to be stronger so they are like a regular ol’ side-seam pocket, then topstitched through the face.
Oh, also once I had changed the neckline, I measured it and then measured my own head and then pumped my fist in the air and said YESSS! and skipped the zipper.
And I added a full lining, the pattern doesn’t call for that.

what I didn’t change:
The length! This is the exact length marked out on the pattern for View 3, which I find interesting because it is actually pretty similar on seven-heads-tall fashion figure and on IRL me. So, good job on the proportions there, Simplicity.

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew It!!!!
I’m thinking summer versions in cotton, maybe View 1 as a cropped top, View 2 with the yoke and sleeves in a sheer, or lace, or colorblocked with each piece a different color. This is a good one.



2 thoughts on “Simplicity 7203: have yourself a groovy little Christmas

    1. Sort of?
      It’s a weird way to do a pocket: the instructions have you cut two pocketing pieces instead of four, then sew one pocketing piece to the dress Back at each pocket area. Meanwhile, you turn under and stitch down the seam allowance on the dress Front at the pocket area. Then when you put together the side seams you topstitch the pocketing piece from the dress back through the dress front.
      So the end result with this weirdo method is: when you put your hand in your pocket, there’s pocketing against your palm, but just the wrong side of your dress fabric on the back of your hand.
      So no, it’s not a stupid question because this is kind of confusing and weird. I guess with a super stable fabric this would work fine, but seems like trouble on wool crepe.
      The way I did it was like you said, made as normal side seam pockets and then top stitched through all layers.


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