Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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A happy, bright dress from a vintage pattern

Summer dress season is upon us! That means I'm designing pretty dresses in my head all the time and wish I had time (and a reason) to make them all.

This one was a super simple one that I got to finishing over the weekend, though, from this sweet vintage pattern I've had for ages. May have been my mom's, maybe was just one I inherited with someone's vintage pattern collection over the years. This cute late 70's dress pattern, Simplicity 6899, is one I modified for one of my bridesmaids' dresses (this one) and one I used to replicate a Marc Jacobs dress Zooey Deschannel wore on the cover of Lucky a couple years ago (this dress).

I had access to a bunch of this lovely lightweight bright blue cotton, a woven polka dot with a bit of shimmer woven in. (My mom buys bolts at wholesale prices and sometimes ends up with extras in fabrics I like! Sweet!!) I've wanted to make a dress of it for a while, but hadn't had anything in mind until I put these two together.

Here it is! A happy lightweight cotton.

And, after the most beautiful weekend ever this weekend (clear skies, 70s and 80s, cool mornings and warm afternoons!) I'm optimistic that I'll get to wear it soon. ;)

I also made it to JoAnn's this weekend and bought a couple new dress patterns, which I almost never do, so am excited to try those out soon!


  1. Beautiful in every way! Vintage patterns are my absolute favorite!

  2. What a lovely dress! The fit is perfect. I've kind of been scouting out some 70's summer dresses on etsy, I just love that style.

  3. So cute! Perfect summer dress.

  4. Great dress. It's was cool to see how you varied it from other similar dresses you've made.

  5. I'm a true fan of 70s patterns, this is lovely.

  6. Very pretty! Love light airy dresses...you're lucky you have the skills! I am still very very very much a beginner :)

  7. First, love your site. Found it via Pinterest & I'm always interested in what other people are making.
    The pattern is from 1975. I'll take the 5th on how I know. LOL. My mom made the dress for me for my high school photograph in a beautiful turquoise paisley print that would be right in style today. You dress looks great and I'm sure you'll enjoy on these warm summer days and nights.

  8. Beautiful fabric!!! Love the dress :)

  9. Oh, adorable!! And fits you like a dream. I love it. Looks modern, as well.

  10. Great fit, color, and love the detail of dots. Have you ever looked into Lia Sophia jewelry? Go on line to see their styles. Extremely well made and classic styles. Their pieces would be beautiful with this dress. I always receive compliments when I where my Lia Sophia pieces. Debbie

  11. This is so cute and flattering! You did a wonderful job! And the fabric you chose was the perfect choice. I'm trying to really improve my sewing this summer as I don't have school and I really enjoy it. Though I'm going to start with some simpler styles like skater skirts. Your creations are always inspiring!
    xx Amber



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