Simplicity 7025, MISSES’ AND WOMENS’ ONE-PIECE DRESS WITH TWO NECKLINES, copyright 1967 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
I love how they specify that the dress is One piece. Just in case I was like, “Waitwaitwait—hold up—by dress do you really mean not a dress? No? Oh. Ok then, please continue.”
This pattern came to me while I was trying to give a stack of my Throw patterns to a friend, and ended up taking a stack of her Throw patterns instead, including this one, which she was all “really? this thing?” about, and I was like “yup, give it here.”
This was a table cloth. Vintage, judging from the label above, and from the fact that it had belonged to a friend’s grandma. Would the grandma be horrified or delighted to know where her table cloth ended up? Who knows.
The table cloth was a big square, with a wide border of plain around the edges, and this fun circles-and-Pac-Mans pattern woven into the center. The original face of the fabric was green circles and Pac Mans on a white background, but I used the reverse. Less tablecloth-y this way.
I made View 4, but eliminated the center front zipper.
This might be my new uniform. I’m super pumped about how the pockets and the border at the top turned out, and am pumped about the shape in general.
The pattern allows two and a half inches hem allowance, but instead I folded up eight inches of it into a terrible-looking hem, and test drove it by walking to coffee with my sister. Because as we all know, the true test of a short dress is 1)sitting gracefully in a place that’s not one’s own home, and 2)the unfiltered opinion of a relative.
Her words: “Girl shut up. And get out of here. And don’t change a thing.”
So with that positive endorsement, I trimmed out four inches of hem allowance and left all the rest of the hem allowance in there for a nice deep for-reals hem.
I would change some things though.
I would reshape the armsceye in the front, lower the bust dart by an inch or so, and finish the neck and armsceyes with bias instead of the facings provided.
In fact, I was all fired up and ready to immediately make a bunch more of these, but the fabrics I had lined up were a little sheer, and I didn’t have any regular plain boring cotton to use for flatlining, and I didn’t want to buy anything, even though buying one fabric that would allow me to use a bunch of others would totally be a good purchase, but I was so annoyed with the whole thing that I said FORGET IT and moved on to another project.
So, maybe more of these later, when I’m less enraged by my fabric situation.
It is possible to sit like a real person in this dress. If you were worried.
For the size on this one, I just swung the pattern piece out from the fold, from zero at the bust (which according to the chart should be at least three inches too small for me but thanks to bust ease fits just fine) to one inch on the double at the hip, adding four inches total across the hips without changing the original shape of the side seams.
In future versions I might play with putting in a couple deep knife pleats, like just two right at the side front on the left side only, to look fun and to allow me to sit cross-legged on the floor, which I can’t do in this dress. Deadly combo of too narrow and too short for criss-cross-applesauce.
Sew It or Throw It:
I could see having like five of these on constant rotation this summer.
Oh hey, I’m updating to add this photo below, where you can see the too high bust dart, and how the armsceye needs reshaping. If it was more J shaped and less C shaped, the armscye would be more comfortable right there where the muscle sits. When I’m patterning, I always think of that shape as being a corner. I wonder if I picked that image up from a teacher at some point. Hmm. As is, the arm opening presses into that muscle. What is that, the pectoral? I forget. This fabric is forgiving enough that neither the dart nor the armsceye are a big issue, just something for me to remember next time.
Also adding: this takes care of the 1960’s for my Vintage Pledge. Bam! So that’s the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s down, to complete my pledge all I have left is something from the 40’s, 50’s, and the 90’s.
The vintage pledge was created by astitchingodyssey and kestrelmakes to encourage people to actually use all the great vintage patterns we’ve collected. If you’d like to know more, here is a link introducing this year’s pledge.