Unnamed and undated: a raglan long sleeve T

It’s from the 1960’s, that much you can tell from the hair. 

This was a mail order pattern, meaning the design would be advertised in newspapers, and one could order it and it would come to the house in a mailing envelope with the pattern company name printed on the outside, but no separate pattern envelope inside the mailing envelope, with artwork specific to the pattern the way a store bought pattern has. The specifics are all printed on the instructions page, and that’s all you get. 

Whoever ordered this one back in the 60’s threw away the mailing envelope, so I have no idea what company this thing originally came from, but I assumed it was an Anne Adams based on the artwork (which I love, that black/white with color background is super appealing), but then I found this interesting post on witness2fashion about how all these mail order companies are the same anyway, and if you read down through the comments on that post there’s a link to a KestrelMakes interview with a lady who worked at the parent company that housed Anne Adams and Marian Martin and basically all these mail order pattern companies. 

Aha!


I made the top, but made it have long sleeves and did it in a knit. 

More specifically, a french terry. This is one of the fabrics I chose with my prize certificate from the 2016 Vintage Pledge. 

For the competition, I entered basically everything I made in 2016, because I mostly sew from vintage patterns anyway, and was very pleased to win in the category of bottoms with the simplest thing I made all year, that gold spandex skirt from a 1979 pattern. 

Here is the winners announcement post over on AStitchingOdyssey, for more information on the vintage pledge and the categories, and fun pictures of the competition. 

My prize was fifty dollars to Girl Charlee fabrics, which was really fun to spend, because I hate spending real money on fabric (almost all the fabric I use is thrift shop, aka super cheap and I like to think planet-saving), so spending not-money was perfect. I went to the Girl Charlee site and realized I could either be smart and buy useful things, stuff like solid heavyweight stretch fabrics in useable yardage amounts plus rib knitting for jackets, or I could have fun and get as many one yard pieces as possible for my fifty dollars. So of course I did that. 


The print on this fabric is great, but I was disappointed by the weight of the fabric when it first arrived, because in my head I had decided that all french terry is heavyweight, almost not even stretchy, cotton knit with a loopy back, when in reality, and very clearly stated on the website, some french terry is lightweight, soft, stretchy stuff with loopy back, that is totally appropriate for T shirts. So, disappointed, and then delighted. 

The instructions page for this shirt doesn’t include a recommended fabrics list, but it wants nonstretch. It’s supposed to have a zipper at the center back neck, and bust darts which I got rid of by easing into the side seam, and then took in enough through the side seams (the soft stretchy fabric grew a little) that I think the easing is mostly gone too. 

There are shoulder darts, which I like and kept but totally managed to not photograph. 

The black contrast fabric is some cotton Lycra I had in house. 


Sew It or Throw It:

Sew It. I would really like to make the whole outfit, top and skirt, in a nonstretch fabric sometime, with the zipper and darts and everything as patterned. The design has a great athletic look that is surprising in a vintage top and dress combo. 

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Simplicity 7216: a nice normal skirt, white fishnets not included. 

The Pattern:
Simplicity 7216, JUNIOR PETITES’ AND MISSES’ SKIRTS IN TWO LENGTHS, copyright 1967 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc. 
This is a good old basic skirt pattern with three possible looks: Views 1 and 2 are pleated, View 3 is plain, and View 4 uses exactly the same pattern pieces as View 3 but with a different grain line to follow for the bias. 
Here below is my favorite detail of the cover art:


White fishnets! Git it, Girl!
What an outfit this is. Let’s admire it. Blue shirt, bias plaid mini in red and green, white fishnet tights, and blue shoes with big ol’ buckles. Such a contrast from View 1’s white and grey uniform.
I like to imagine that both girls are dressed for school. Just, not the same school. I’m guessing View 4 is skirting the edge of her public school’s dress code with those tights.  
Thing I find culturally interesting: in the US, for the most part, private school students wear uniforms, but public school students do not, whereas in other places (I’ve been told/seen on tv/seen IRL in Melbourne and London but am not an expert on please correct me if I’m wrong) public school students wear uniforms while private school students are the ones that don’t.
Target stores here in Los Angeles sell school uniforms, in tan or navy polyester. I was surprised the first time I saw them, like, “Oh! So you don’t have to go to, like, Diagon Alley to get these, huh.”
I made the most technically boring skirt option —View 3 in the mini length— so as to feature my fabric. 


The Fabric:
I found this green and cream floral printed poly/cotton canvas at a thrift shop a couple months ago, for two dollars. 
My guess is that this is not actually vintage but more of a vintage-inspired fabric, and that somebody bought this yard-and-a-half and spread it over their couch thinking, “Should I re-upholster? Does this look good?” And then they decided no. 
But I decided yes!
I really like this stuff. It reminds me of those solar photos we made as kids, with that special paper you would put leaves and flowers onto and then set out in the sunshine and come back later and sweep the flowers off and you’ve got a blue-on-blue floral silhouette image that looks a lot like this fabric. Anybody remember those?




This is a directional fabric, meaning the flowers and leaves don’t interchange, but have a definite up and down. I chose to cut the wrong direction on purpose, going downward, like they are falling from a garland. Or like I have an entourage who throw flowers along my path. Ya know. I think it’s prettier that way and shows off the sinuous lines better than growing upward would. 

Construction and Time:
This took four hours, from ironing the fabric to hand stitching the hem. 
One thing that kept this project fast and straightforward is that I didn’t have to change the size. Didn’t have to make the waist and hips bigger. This one fits as is, straight out of the package. That, like, never happens. This is possibly the only 30″ waist vintage pattern I’ve ever seen, let alone owned. 
I didn’t even change the length, I figured the rest of it was going so well I would just trust in their version of mini. 
The only change I made was to lift the back of the skirt into the waistband 5/8″ at the center back to 0″ at the side seams, to get the side seams (which were tilting forward) to hang straight. 
I’d go shorter for a winter version to be worn with tights, but for summer and no tights, this works. It looks like a whole lot of skirt to me, proportionally. But that may be because I grew up in the 90’s when mini meant practically rectangular, between the low waist and high hem. 
Oh, and this is fun: this is a “How-To-Sew” Pattern, right? 
I investigated. 
What this means is that the instructions carefully describe how to apply the waistband (in a way I disagreed with: sew to inside, turn to outside, fold and topstitch. I do the opposite, I think it’s easier to achieve a clean line if you sew right sides together first and turn in, and you can always add topstitching later if you want) but then for the zipper they give no instruction other than “see instructions with zipper.” Hahahaha! Love. 

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. I mean, it’s vintage that fits without my help, how rare. 
And it’s a nice blank slate, for giant bucket pockets maybe. 
Also, I’m excited that the pleated versions have a separate pattern piece for the inner face of the pleats, which means the inner pleats could be a different color. Fun! 

Simplicity 5026: the shirt, not the jamaicas. 


The Pattern:
Simplicity 5026, JUNIORS’ AND MISSES’ PANTS IN TWO LENGTHS AND SHIRT, undated, published by Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc. 
This is from the 1960’s, judging from the hair. 
Check out View 2. Her posture says, “Observe: I have matched my jamaicas to my socks *and* my shoes. Did you observe? Look. Right here. Look right here. See that mess? Aw yeah.” 
In other news: Jamaicas! I’ve only ever heard this kind of short refered to as Bermudas. A casual Internet search tells me that the two style names are synonymous. Wonder what the real story is there. 
I didn’t make the jamaicas. Although I’m tempted to. Although I’m pretty sure they would look terrible in real life. The back zip, natural waist look is not an easy one. I would have to really invest in some knee socks and loafers. 
I made the shirt with the band collar, like in View 2.


The Fabric:
Leftover cotton gauze and printed cotton yukata fabric from two previous projects. 
The gauze is so sheer and openly woven. It might be a disaster. How many wearings will I get out of this before it snags on something and totally shreds? Place your bets now. In the meantime, I’ll be washing it in a lingerie bag and hanging it to dry. 
Plus side of the gauze is that it’ll keep the sun out and let the breeze in, with the printed cotton hopefully providing some stability, kind of like a yoke. I totally pieced that printed  fabric in, btdubs, that seaming at the back is not part of the original design.

The only other changes I made: an extra inch and a half in the sleeve length, three buttons at the front instead of the five the pattern calls for, and a shirt-tail hem instead of the straight hem. 

Time:
Ten and a half hours. That number is meaningless when it’s just me sewing for myself for fun, but if I had to pay myself for my time, hot dang this would be an expensive shirt. 
But anyway.


Sheer! So sheer! 

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. I like the fit: nice and loose. The narrow cuffs echo the narrow collar in a pleasing way. It’s good. 

Simplicity 8468: confirmation that I am no milliner. 

The Pattern:
Simplicity 8468, HAT, MINI-BAG, SHOULDER BAG, BERET, SCARF, KNITTED BERET AND KNITTED SCARF, copyright 1969 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc. 
Maybe you remember this pattern? From that time when I decided to give it a second chance and not Throw it? 
When it was knitted for me by my friend HRM who suggested I, 

Throw this thing, and toss a lit match in after.

Right? 
Well. She was right. 
The original post is here, complete with HRM’s notes on the knitting process, and here below is the hat she made.  


It’s cute. I still like the version she made me. However, here below are bad versions, which I made in an optimistic, hugs&rainbows, this’ll-totally-work haze. 


This one above is the beret, which I thought was going to be floppier? More flat on top? More standing away from the head, less like something I might wear in a kitchen? Or a convent? 
Maybe I don’t understand what a beret is supposed to be. 
This one was made from a cashmere sweater from the thrift shop. I used the ribbed hem of the sweater for the edge, instead of elastic in a channel like the patterns says. 
I find the seam across the crown really visible and distracting, and yet it doesn’t add shape or style. So I’m not a fan. I prefer the more typical darts-at-the-top method for rounding out a hat. 


And here above is the hat. 
This hat hurts my head. And I don’t mean like in a “math is tough!” kind of way, I mean it physically hurts my head. 
Which is my fault. 
Totally my fault.
I used a really thick fabric for this, some kind of industrial synthetic felt. I think it was actually a packing material, like it came to the house in a box to protect the contents and instead of throwing it out I was like, “ooh! This is almost like fabric!!!” 
All that fat seam allowance turns to the inside and tourniquets my head and it’s awful. 
So this one is going to the thrift shop. It would be great for a kids dress-up box. Just not my kid, because I am Over It. 

Sew It or Throw It:
Throwing it! 
Here’s the thing though: I still believe this could be done well. Just not by me. By some other person. A person who has:

  1. Experience manipulating felt
  2. A free-arm sewing machine
  3. A nice wooden head-block 
  4. Education in millinery, and the patience that comes with that education. 

Millinery is a skill. I respect milliners, I’m not one, I don’t want to put in the time to become one. I want to make a dorky hat, complain about it, and send it off to a new home.

Fly away, dorky hat!

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.

Time: 
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. 

Simplicity 8468: a knitted beret and a trade of skills

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the pattern: 
Simplicity 8468, HAT, MINI-BAG, SHOULDER BAG, BERET, SCARF, KNITTED BERET & KNITTED SCARF (Knitting Instructions Included), copyright 1969 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.

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the yarn:
AE bought me two skeins of yarn (Skeins? Hanks? Sausages?) from Union Square farmers market in Manhattan. This beautiful, fat, soft yarn, made by Catskill Merino Farms. So beautiful and hand dyed.
I don’t knit, and AE knows that, but he knew I’d love this yarn and find something to do with it, and I do and did: I arranged a trade of skills with my friend HRM. She knits, I sew, we made it mutually beneficial. (Here’s what she got)

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All the green got used up so, onward and upward to purple.

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HRM had some thoughts on this beret and pattern, and here they are!

 

“Here are my thoughts on knitting this beret:
I am not a terribly experienced knitter, partially because I knit like I cook: I never make the same thing twice (unless it’s really amazing). I never say, “I feel like knitting the same ol’ scarf again!” Usually I find myself inspired by something new, which usually ends up forcing me to learn a new stitch or technique. The knit beret pattern gave me that, plus I was using yarn that had a higher weight than what was called for in the pattern, so I got to mess with the numbers a bit to make it work, too. Fun!
Since I am self-taught, I’m never quite sure I’m right with my problem-solving. That said, this pattern had a bizarre stitch that I still don’t understand. After setting up the brim with a typical seed stitch-in-the-round for a heavy ribbing, the rest of the beret called for knitting two stitches, followed by knitting two stitches directly below your live stitches.
Huh?
It was one of those things that didn’t make any sense, but you just have to dive in and follow the instructions. Because of the inconsistent weave of the yarn, it was a little bumpy and bubbly, which Sew It Or Throw It and I both liked, but I honestly could not tell what the heck the purpose was of that funky stitch, except that I couldn’t watch TV while I knit, because I had to Always Be Thinking about whether I had just knit two stitches above or below. (sidebar for future me: I have now googled enough to learn that it is supposed to create a thicker, more squishy fabric, which was unnecessary in my case, since the yarn I was using was already thicker and squishier than the intended yarn. So next time, maybe I should find these things out before I try to rewrite patterns.)
The other major problem I had was with the tools: the pattern called for splitting the stitches between three double-pointed needles. Even when I moved the stitches to five needles, I was losing stitches on both ends all over the place, resulting in a lot of grumbling and loud cursing, to which my husband commented, “For what’s supposed to be a relaxing hobby, you sure are swearing a lot.” This from a sailor!
In any case, the finished product was appreciated, not by me, as I would have made it a little deeper to cover the ears more fully, and perhaps, knowing what I know now, used even fewer stitches than I did. The pattern also provided the lamest way of making a sad pom-pon I’ve ever encountered, so I returned to the good ol’ double cardboard donut method. Because pom-pons are fun!
Of course, I will defer to the owner of this blog. But if it were up to me, I’d throw this thing. And toss a lit match in after.”

 

Ha! Liza Mae here again. Hahahaha!
Obviously, this process was great for me, because I got a new hat, but bonus: I found it extra funny that I brought HRM a totally inappropriate choice in yarn weight. Usually it is other people who bring me inappropriate fabrics and say “Hi, please weave this straw into gold k thanks,” but this time it was me who did it to someone else! Hahaha whoops!
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Regarding the pompom situation: the one shown above is the size the pattern recommend, we decided this was WAY undersized for this hat, so then HRM made the one below. Which I love, and will use somewhere else, but after wearing it for a while decided it was taking all the attention away from the hat itself so I took it off.
Another great thing about this skills swap, I got to watch HRM make that giant pompom. I have never made one, but have investigated a few times and didn’t believe the instructions. Like, it can’t be that easy. But it is. And now I know it.

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Oh hey, I just noticed, I made the pants and shirt I’m wearing here, and AE made the earrings.

So, on to the question,

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew It! Not the knitting part obviously, that all sounds terrifying, but I am up for giving the fabric version of the beret a chance. And the floppy hat looks cute, especially after watching The Walk, the story of Philippe Petit who totally terrifyingly and amazingly wire-walked between the Twin Towers in 1974. Great movie. Great floppy hat on his cute girlfriend too. 

 

McCall’s 8781, Simplicity 8780, Simplicity 7216, and Simplicity 8397: So nice I own them twice. Or thrice. 

   
These two above are McCall’s 8781, MISSES’ UNLINED JACKET, BIAS TOP, PANTS, AND BIAS SKIRT, copyright 1997 The McCall Pattern Company. 
My husband bought these in the late 90’s. I don’t know why he bought two, but they are a 12 and a 16, so he was probably just hoping to cover a range of sizes. For his girl army. Or something. 
The only garment I’m interested in here is the little top, and according to the garment measurements on the back, it is typically bust-ease-errific, so I will keep the 12, throw the 16. 
It’s a cute top. I made it once a long time ago for a wedding.  I’ll make it up again someday as a sweater vest. 

  And here above is Simplicity 8780, JUNIOR AND MISSES’ TWO-PIECE DRESS IN TWO LENGTHS, copyright 1970 Simplicity Pattern Co, Inc.  
Simplicity, who you trying to fool with that “two piece dress” nonsense. Round these parts we call that a Skirt and Top. 
Love the little star barrette on Center Blonde though.
I have two of this one because the first was a pass-along from a friend and the second came as part of an eBay lot. 
This one, I’m most interested in the skirt, therefor I’ll probably keep the 16, Throw the 12.

  
Above is Simplicity 7216, JUNIOR PETITES’ AND MISSES’ SKIRTS IN TWO LENGTHS, copyright 1967 Simplicity Pattern Co, Inc. 
I have two of this one because, same like before, a friend gave me one copy, and then the second copy came with an eBay lot. Same friend, different eBay lot. 
I’ll measure the patterns and make sure they didn’t get too crazy with the ease, and then probably keep the 30 waist, Throw the 26. 

Here below is the most awesome of all: 

 
This is Simplicity 8397, MISSES’ SET OF SKIRTS IN TWO LENGTHS & SCOOTER SKIRT, copyright 1969 Simplicity Pattern Co, Inc. 
When this one showed up in my most recent eBay box, I thought, “Oh, haha, I already have this one, and it’s really tiny, so I’ll just check and keep the biggest one, perfect, done.” 
But look! There are three, and THEY ARE IDENTICAL IN SIZE! All three are a size 24 inch waist! How does that happen! It’s not like I’m constantly buying up eBay, either. I have bought exactly two boxes of patterns, ever, and this pattern was in both boxes, in the same size, and I already owned it. 
This is crazy! 
Maybe this is my Soul Pattern.
Ok that’s not a thing.
But I will keep one, Throw the other two. I wonder if more are coming? Freaky!!!!
Look at how cute those knee socks are too. 

Sew It or Throw It:  that’s four Stows-for-now, and five Throws. 

Simplicity 6929: git along, little western shirt

 
the pattern:
Simplicity 6929 MISSES’ SHIRTS, copyright 1966 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
This cover art presents a lot of challenges.
Can you see beyond the freaky eyes, the abrupt changes in scale from model to model, and the bowl haircuts?
Can you see past paisley and gingham and really short neckties?
If you can see your way through that visual onslaught, you might find a very nice womens’ shirt with lots of menswear construction details. I almost couldn’t, but then I did.  

 

the fabric:
I used some more of that cotton kimono fabric I found one time at a yard sale. Two more prints, in fact. And I have more on the shelf, that was the luckiest yard sale find ever.
This fabric is woven specifically to make yukata, the traditional summer weight kimono, so it is woven at 14″ wide. This is much narrower than a shirt pattern expects me to be using, but it all worked out with a little sleeve piecing and a seam at the center back of the body.

   

Awkward hat-holding. I could teach you, but I’d have to charge.
    
   

I made View 2, with contrast yokes, plackets, and cuffs. The only change I made in the fit was an extra inch in the sleeve length. 

Construction wise,  this pattern is satisfyingly tidy and self-enclosed: the sleeves are flat-felled to the armsceye, the side seams are closed in one from the wrist through the sleeve and body, and flat felled.
The sleeves have a placket-in-a-slash, and give instructions for doing that, but no pattern for the strip of fabric needed to make that placket or instructions on what size the strip should be, which I thought was funny. The pattern is like, “just cut it, you know how.”
Yes I do, Pattern, thanks for believing in me!
No raw edges to overlock, even the center back and the seam I had to piece into the sleeves uses the selvage.
Despite all this nice, normal, straight-forward construction, I managed to make a whole bunch of totally dorky mistakes.
Here, I’ll list them.
1) Did the topstitching in white on the button placket, but decide that was too busy
2) ripped out the white topstitching, re did it in blue
3) realized I’d forgotten the front yokes
4) ripped out the blue topstitching, undid half the placket
5) put on the yokes, pivoting perfectly at the point
6) realized that I’d sewn through the loose end of the placket
7) was angry
8) ripped out the yoke, restitched, restitched the placket, re topstitched in blue

Whatever, it all worked out.

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. I’ve been wearing this shirt non-stop for like four days.

Simplicity 7193: never mind the fire balls

great colors here

the pattern:
Simplicity 7193 MISSES’ DRESS…DESIGNER FASHION, copyright 1967 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
It says Designer Fashion, but never gives credit to any particular designer, sooooo I’m just gonna have to assume it’s a Mugatu. 

the fabric:
I used a piece of grey ottoman that was being discarded from the costume shop where I was working at the time.
It was being thrown because either there wasn’t enough of it to do anything, (my dress is length-abbreviated, due to lack of yardage) or because ottoman isn’t used a whole heck of a lot in clothes right now.
Which is weird, because ottoman is great. It’s like corduroy, but the wales are not velvety. Which probably means it has no nap, but, like, don’t take my word on that, double check for nap before you go nesting your pattern pieces.
Ottoman has no give at all, which would make it great for something like high-waisted wide-legged trousers, where you might like to be held firmly at the waist and upper hip, with more room below.
I have seen ottoman listed as a suggeted fabric for other vintage patterns (not this one though) so maybe it used to be more popular.

  

I made this dress in 2009, and I’m talking about it now because I just pulled it out of my closet the other day and decided to pass it along to a friend, because it is too dang small for me anymore. See how it’s snug around the hips? Yep. That there’s what it is. 

  

Back in 2009 I made Version 1, without the sleeves or the lining.
The neck and armsceyes are finished with bias, and the hem is also bias-faced because there was not enough length to make a hem. 
I really like the zig zag shape that the bust darts make with the side-front seam, I would totally go for this again.
Oh, and if you’re wondering: those welt pockets in View 2 and the photo? Totally fake. There’s no pocket there, just a fakey-fake welt detail hahahhahaaa.

  

shoulder darts are fun
  

See below, the part about the fireballs! 

This is the only photo I could find of me wearing the dress.
Ah, 2009. It was a simpler time, a time before tripods and photo backdrops. For me at least. 

Pool. Some people are good at it, and other people are me.

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it.
Throw the dress to my friend, sew the pattern again.

Simplicity 8469: not in your size, kid. 

Look at the little boy!!! With the shorts!!!!

the pattern
Simplicity 8469 MEN’S AND BOYS’ DOUBLE BREASTED FITTED JACKETS, copyright 1969 Simplicity Pattern Co.

  

Maybe you are familiar with one of the best childrens’ books of all time? Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel?
I loved it then and love it now for the super-attractive version it presents of What It Means To Be An Adult. Primarily: bell-bottoms and hanging with your bff non-stop.
There are five stories collected into Frog and Toad Are Friends.
The one that sent me diving into my pattern box is called A Lost Button, in which Frog and Toad return from a walk, and Toad discovers he’s lost a button from his (excellent window-pane green and brown plaid) jacket, and Frog is like ‘it’s cool man, let’s just retrace our steps,’ and then they go everywhere they had been before and buttons are just coming out of the wordwork and none of them are the right button.
Like, Frog keeps finding buttons, and random birds and racoons keep coming up and saying, ‘hey check it, I just found this button,’ and Toad is like, ‘No, no, no,’ (while collecting all the wrong buttons), and finally he has a freak-out and shouts,

The whole world is covered in buttons, and not one of them is mine!

So then Toad runs home all mad and slams the door and sees his missing button right there on the floor and feels super-bad for putting Frog to so much trouble.
So then he does this:

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel, copyright 1970 by Arnold Lobel

And then he gives his jacket to Frog! And Frog loves it! And then for all the rest of the stories in the book, Frog is wearing Toad’s jacket with the buttons all over it!

I love this story for three reasons:
1) It is really funny when Toad has his freak out, because by that point, as the adult reader of this story, I too am wondering what is the deal with this forest and how is it, like, awash in buttons.
2) Toad has a sewing box in his house and knows how to use it and it’s no thing, and I like for my son to see that. 
3) Toad is the grumpy one in these stories, but he really loves his best friend Frog and it’s just the sweetest and the best and that’s all.

So, after reading A Lost Button, I remembered that I had Simplicity 8469, and that it says Men and Boys, and that it’s double breasted which is not exactly like Toad’s, but it’s from the 1960’s which is the right vintage for Toad, and I thought wouldn’t it be fantastic to make this jacket up in an oversize green and brown plaid and sew buttons all over it, and how my kid would love it and I would love it,
So I dug the pattern out of my collection and saw that the size on the front reads CHEST 38 MEN, and I was like OH NOOOOOOOOO, and I got out all the pieces and sure enough, athough it has a range of man ages on the cover, the pattern inside is only the 38 mens.
CURSES!!!!!
Oh well.
So that was when I made the red and grey coat instead.

Sew It or Throw It:
Throw it. There are no size 38 mens in my life, and I’m not willing to hang on to this pattern for the decade or so it’ll take for my kid to get there.
Plus tailoring, blah.
So far, I’ve been donating my Throws to the thrift shop.
Does anyone want this pattern? I’d be happy to trade it for one pattern from the 1960’s or 1970’s, two patterns from the 1980’s or 1990’s, or three patterns from the 2000’s on.
If you want it, let me know via comment or email before my next thrift shop run. I’d be happy to mail it to someone who might really use it. The pattern pieces are uncut, I assume because whoever bought it originally was also going to make a Toad jacket and then was denied.