Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Vintage Pattern Pledge - Simplicity 9330, 1971

When I saw Marie's Vintage Pattern Pledge, I was happy to see a challenge that I could get on board with. No real rules or deadlines, just make up 5 vintage patterns this year. Easy! I sort of already do this anyway. Here's my first contribution, Simplicity 9330 from 1971:

I used a lovely polyester (I think...) crepe which I had in my stash, purchased in the summer while on a trip to Walthamstow with Amy from SewAmySew . I used it previously as a lining in my By Hand London Victoria Blazer:

The dress is a simple shift with bust and waist darts for shaping, and a simple neck tie which threads through a little loop to create a bow:

The fabric is pretty lightweight, and a bit see-through on its own, so I lined it with a pink poly lining fabric:

This dress went together quickly and fits pretty well. The only thing that bothers me is the facing, which insists on curling out now and then, despite under stitching - you can see this happening a little in the picture above. But this is a minor thing - I'll probably just put a couple of tacks in to stop it happening.

I've been calling this my 'Bewitched Dress' because it has that groovy housewife vibe, like something Elizabeth Montgomery would have worn in the 1960's series:

Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha in 'Bewitched'

If I was a full-time homemaker, I would dress like this as often as I could!

And to add to the 70's look, I teamed the dress with my new Orla Kiely for Clarks platforms:

They are my new favourite shoes - I want to wear them with everything! 

And so there's the first of my Vintage Pattern pledges done - that was easy! See you soon!


  1. That novelty print is to die for, so very cool with the scarf neck design of the dress. Love it!

  2. That's fabulous! Love the novelty print on the fabric too :-)

  3. Such a gorgeous dress! And those shoes are INCREDIBLE

  4. Eeep, love this dress to the moon and back Nicole (and those shoes are ridiculously amazing)! Thanks so much for joining #vintagepledge, I've added your finished make to the Pinterest board -

  5. I like the sounds of the pledge, I may have to join in too. I see you're rocking your Orla Kiely shoes, they look great with the dress x

  6. Love this dress, it's fabulous! And I spotted the shoes right away, those and the flat sling backs are on my wish list. They look fabulous with the dress.

  7. What a gorgeous dress! I remember that fabric from your blazer & it looks brilliant as a dress too. Love your photos at brasserie zedel too!

  8. Fab dress. How did I not know about Orla Kiely at Clarks! Those shoes are awesome.

  9. Gorgeous, and I love those shoes! I've been lusting over the same ones in navy and white.

  10. I love this dress so much

  11. This kicks ass! As do you. Those shoes are off the chain xxx


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