I recently visited a friend of mine who happens to have a huge collection of patterns. She offered to let me borrow a few baby patterns to make gifts for all of my many pregnant friends. I, unlike her, do not have a large collection of patterns. I love free online patterns, and I have recently attempted making my own patterns, but I just can't see spending the money on a pattern that costs as much as an item in a clothing store. Isn't one of the ideas to save money by making things? Now I realize that you can reuse patterns, and I am slowly being won over, but still $15 for a pattern seems a bit excessive.
One of the patterns that she lent me was this 30 year old Simplicity pattern. She mentioned to me just how cute and simple it was, and convinced me to try it out. I must admit it was super simple, really quick, and I think pretty cute. I am not so sure that I want to return the pattern. I am also saddened because I don't think that the pattern is still in print, although I am sure that it can be found online.
If you decide that you want to find the pattern, or one like it, here is the information. It is Simplicity pattern number 9513, printed in 1980. The pattern includes both the dress/tunic, and a bloomer pattern.
I also recently read that whimsey couture has a similar pattern for sale if you are interested.
|Jumbo RicRac trim|
Here is a little bit more information about the dress. The fabric I used was Monaco Circle Panes Yellow, with Del Hi Stones Blossom for the lining. I love the pink and yellow together. The pattern calls for embroidered eyelet edging, but I used a jumbo ric-rac trim that is attached at the seam rather than to the top of the dress.
I might just have to cut out 5 more dress pieces before I return the pattern. I really love the simple dress. This would be the perfect project for a beginning sewer who is afraid to sew clothing.