Vintage pattern, vintage fabric, vintage ric rac dress
I love this vintage Simplicity pattern, 6899, and have wanted to make it for a while. I couldn't decide about the sleeves... the ruffle is SO not me, but I wasn't sure I wanted short puff sleeves, either, and I knew I didn't want long sleeves for a short dress. The short length makes it look less 70's and more contemporary/wearable.
You can see in this pic the vintage 1960's black print I used, and what cut vintage pattern pieces look like... it seems odd to me that patterns were sold with only one size in the envelope, but when you see it like this it makes it look so much easier to cut out that way. As long as you don't change size!
Here it is...
The pointed shape at the bust is cute and not something you see on a ton of modern patterns!
As I finished this dress, I saw on the cover of a month-old Lucky magazine (which I still haven't read... oops! I am so behind on my pile of magazines!), Zooey Deschanel in a Marc Jacobs dress with a similar basic shape! And the little black/red print on a white background, unlike my simple white/red/tan print on a black background. Of course hers is much shorter... not sure that's as practical as mine ;). Super cute, though, and with the ruffles on the upper bodice! In that lovely semi-sheer fabric.
Anyway. I'm glad I made this pattern up since I am thinking of using it for one, maybe two, of my bridesmaid dresses this summer. We're emulating the bodices of some J.Crew dresses that are kinda similar. Anyway... here it is! Now I'm just ready for some warmer, sunnier days!
Vintage fabric made into a vintage pattern with vintage trim! But fun to wear for 2011.