Not long ago I managed to pick up a ton of vintage patterns while antiquing one weekend.
One of the patterns in this haul was vintage Simplicity 5890 a pattern for a jumper dress.
Simplicity 5890 pattern was from the 1960’s which I’ve mentioned before is the decade I seem to get the most wear out of.
I thought the jumper dress would be a great work outfit and the green and teal colors in the cover illustration really caught my eye.
A quick look at my fabric stash and I had a near identical teal linen fabric that would be perfect for this pattern.
I wasn’t planning on making this pattern at first but after finding the perfect fabric I thought, hey this would count towards my Vintage Pledge.
As with most vintage patterns, I did have to do a bit of resizing.
While this pattern had the correct bust size I did have to adjust it slightly to fit a larger cup size.
After making my adjustments to the bodice I then added a few inches to the waist.
|Date||Sept 30, 2017|
|Size:||full bust and waist adjustments|
|Notes & Modification:||Bias tape used to finish neckline and armholes|
|Recommendations:||Things to keep in mind for next time|
The skirt is where things go wrong. I simply added to the skirt pattern waist and didn’t consider how the front panel seams lined up with the bodice darts. Since I moved the darts slightly when resizing the front panel didn’t match up.
While it’s not a big issue it was enough to get me discouraged and chalked this project up as a fail.
Better Than Thought
As I said once I made this dress I was instantly unhappy with the outcome and didn’t even bother to go on with the blouse.
After a month of just hanging in my closet, I finally pulled it out to take pictures and was surprised how much I actually liked it.
I’m still really mad at myself for messing up the panel alignment, it’s not as bad as I thought.
Also, I really love the color of this dress and it’s super office appropriate especially when paired with black a belt and heels.
It’s not my favorite make of the year but given the time it’s turned out to be a nice work outfit.
Have you ever made a pattern you thought was a fail, then later ended up wearing a lot?