This is Simplicity 9905, published in 1981. It’s a pull-over dress (meaning no zipper) with buttons at the front, funnel neckline, an elastic waist, and the option of kimono sleeves (which they refer to as “cap”) or no sleeves (which they refer to as “cut in arm holes”).
I love seeing notes on patterns, this one has a note reading “red plaid cotton”, which, sure, that could be nice. I prefer orange and pink myself.
The fabric is a pink and orange printed cotton with a sort of watercolor-ish, brushstroke-ish, large-scale grid detail in grey. I found it at a yard sale, I love it, it was made by a company called Soptra Fabric. In the photos above you can see how I had barely enough fabric to cut this thing, and ended up cutting the skirt on the cross grain with the name stamp hiding behind the hemlace.
I looked up Soptra Fabrics Corp. online, and learned that they were in business from 1941 to 1993. So…this fabric could be from the 80’s?
This is a good little dress.
This dress is kind of hilarious to me, though, because I think my version looks even more 80’s than the original. Like I’ve somehow out-eightiesed the eighties. I think it’s the pink. And the brush strokes. I feel like the eighties had a lot of painterly textiles. Is that true or just my eighties fantasy?
But yeah, I feel like all the things I’ve made from vintage patterns become modern looking, just by way of being on a modern person in a modern world with modern shoes and stuff, but this guy kinda screams eighties to me. But in a way I can handle.
This is short though, and with a skirt this short I’ll be wearing tights, and with tights it’s nice to have a slip, so instead of a separate slip I made a skirt lining with two different —but totally color matched— pieces of lavender silk I just happened to have in the ol’ scrap bag.
Oh scrap bag, you just give and you give. Thanks again, old friend.
Above is the dress out in the wild. My sister took this photo by the chalk wall at our local coffee place. Boy wearing shorts I made for him (post here) and art directing spigot I’m drawing for him.
This dress took eight hours, which was a bummer because I was hoping for a quick project, but then I have to remind myself that that eight hours includes cutting the fabric and choosing buttons that I ended up not using, and piecing together a lining, so, fine. Eight hours is fine.
Oh, and I found another real life version of this dress online. I like to do a quick google when I finish a project, to see if any other Contemporary Ladies have tried whatever vintage pattern I’ve just made, and this time I found This! on Bread&Roses Vintage. I like the piping she added to her version, and it’s neat to see it with buttons, since I skipped them on mine.
Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. Although not repeatedly. I like this dress but I’m pretty sure it’s not my new uniform. Next time I would want to make a facing for the sleeves instead of following the instructions and hemming. This is a big, open sleeve, and the backside of the printed cotton shows, which is not my fave. But totally livable for this go ’round.
One amazing thing about this pattern: the pockets! Are deep enough for an entire human hand to fit inside!!!!!! Why is this so rare in the pattern world?!!!!!!