Simplicity 7025: a 60’s shift, and possibly my new uniform

The Pattern:
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.” 

The Fabric:

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. 

rage machine

It is possible to sit like a real person in this dress. If you were worried. 

if someone looks crazy here it is definitely not me. just sayin.

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.

6 hours

Sew It or Throw It: 
Sew 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. 


26 thoughts on “Simplicity 7025: a 60’s shift, and possibly my new uniform

  1. perfect dress perfect fabric. those simplicity patterns are so effective – and I adore that print (cannot imagine what the ‘right’ side looks like!


    1. Thank you!
      Simplicity makes up a pretty good percentage of my Sew It box. I should make a chart. Get to the bottom of this, statistically.
      The tablecloth was a damask weave, so the face looked exactly like the wrong side, just with the colors reversed. I bet it made for a subtle yet modern dinner party.

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  2. Lovely. These angled bust darts (common on vintage patterns) really improve the fit as opposed to regular bust darts. The pockets are brilliant and I think your friend’s nonna would be delighted.


  3. I love it! It’s a shift dress, so obviously I must love it. I like those patch pockets on the front.
    And I think I’ll just name you as my enabler and get on with the shift dress I’ve been planning in my head for weeks while pretending I’m not going to make any more for now…


  4. I find this intriguing. The envelop art is workmanlike, no more. This is a basic shift block jazzed up with a funny collar, large pockets, train track trimming right down the front and a horrid rouleaux belt. But by striping it down and finding a very nice textile, and doing that contrast thing with the “yoke” area and pockets it has turned out perfect.


    1. You’re right, there is not a lot of cover appeal here! With such a simple dress, it would be helpful if the envelope art really sang.
      It’s such a great, simple, basic, full-of-potential design, with so much room to play.


  5. Looks fab! The fabric may have been a tablecloth but it certainly looks 60’s.
    I have a pattern with the bust dart sitting very high and pointly too, from about the same time! Do you think it was just because the undergarments were more structured and pointy up?? Rather then a good old t-shirt bra of today? Maybe the bust dart could be eliminated by moving it into the hem, actually maybe I’ll try that.


    1. Oh yeah, there is definitely a mismatch between the bra I am wearing and the bra this 1967 pattern expects me to be wearing. In a stiffer fabric that would be a problem, but happily this fabric relaxes into a nice round shape instead of holding the point.
      But also, I think this pattern is proportioned to a slimmer and more petite figure. I’d be curious to compare this size 12 pattern to the next size up, and see if/how much lower the bust dart is placed.

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  6. It’s a winner! Very scandi chic! What’s your take on why bust darts are either angled like this one or horizontal? Does one suit a certain boob size or position? Or do they just offer different style lines?


    1. My take:
      Angled was the style of the time, whereas horizontal is more common now. Some sixties and seventies dresses have very long, very steeply diagonal darts, these guys here are pretty minimally angled in comparison to some.
      Then there’s double bust darts, which I love, those are the thing where you have two parallel angled bust darts on each side, so cool looking.
      Angled darts do some very nice things:
      1) they create an uplifting line (pointing UP to the bust instead of casually gesturing sideways)
      2) they employ a diagonal line, and diagonal lines look active, and that makes them pleasing to the eye,
      3) they add visual interest to the basic shift, which is otherwise a pretty featureless design.
      I think angled darts might be better for the smaller busted, as they add some bust emphasis, whereas horizontal might be better for the fuller busted as horizontal aren’t as visible and create less of a Look Here effect.


  7. Delightful as always! I L-O-V-E the way you used the plain border for the pockets. Definitely a highly-viable candidate for a Summer Uniform pattern, as it’s so wearable and simple and chic. =) Also: if you do follow through with a statistical analysis of the companies in your “Sew It” box, I hope you’ll share that here–inquiring minds want to know!


  8. God, I so love an Ikea aesthetic! Yes, I know Ikea is Swedish but Scandinavian countries are lumped in together for my purposes! This is the BEST dress. I have actually contemplated a breast reduction so I can wear shift dresses, the chesticles just make them look so maternity on me. I ‘m truly envious of this simple and totally wearable make ;Q


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