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Another FO? Simplicity 1995.

Hello hello! Can you believe it? I have another FO to show you! This is a dress that´s been finished a while, but I haven´t had the chance to take any decent photos of it until now. This dress goes under the name The Dissertation Party Dress.  Back in May, my darling defended his PhD- thesis, and it is tradition for the new doctor to hold a black tie party for his closest co-workers, friends, family and so. I, of course knew I had to make a dress for the occasion  but I didn´t want it to be too dressy, as my man isn´t a black tie- event kind of a guy. So, I went for a cocktail length, dress, rather then a floor length one.

The choice fell upon Simplicity 1995, a vintage pattern, because I a)had the perfect fabric for it in my stash, and b) really wanted to try out that dramatic collar look.

Simplicity 1995

I used the bodice for dress number 2, but the skirt of number 1.


I am kind of in love with this dress. It has a classic wiggle dress shape, but because of the pleats in the front skirt, and the split in the back there´s room both for excessive eating and dancing (believe me, I have tried, and it´s perfect for doing the twist;-)). Here´s a shot from back in May, at the party I wore the dress with teal heels, and  I made a matching belt, but the belt seem to have disappeared during the Move. Hopefully it´ll turn up again!

MMM´12: Day 16 - Evening

Brown is a color I used to wear a lot all the way back in high school, and I should add more brown garments to my wardrobe, as it really do work as a great stand in for black. Brown works really well together with some of my favorite colors this season, like warm yellow, teal and rusty reds.


Bodice detail.

 When I made it, and tried the bodice on for the first time, I was a little bit afraid that it would be too small, but once the zipper was installed, I found that it fitted just right. One interesting detail that give the skirt some body, is that the whole pleat section is interfaced with a rather sturdy interfacing, like the one I use for coats.  Here´s a pic of how it looks on the inside:


Simplicity 1995, inside- out

A very clever way of giving more body to the pleats, especially in such a thin cotton that I have used for this dress. The fabric, by the way, was bought in Paris last December in one of those fantastic Coupons- shops. Oh, Paris. When may I return?

All in all, a fun dress both to sew and wear, and I´ve already got an “order” from a friend of mine that she wants one too!


“I can´t believe I´m finally taking pictures of this dress! “

23 Responses to Another FO? Simplicity 1995.

    • Thank you! I am in love with my yellow belt of late. I wear it together with everything! 🙂

  1. Oh solvi!!!!! You have done this vintage pattern such justice….it’s perfect, the rick rack of course caught my eye too, but the fabric also has something vintage about it. You wear it beautifully too…nice accessorising. Gosh…I could swoon even more, but just know hat I have severe sewist envy, wishing I’d made such a beauty.

    • Hehe, thanks! I thought of you when I added the rick rack detail, actually, you woman of rick rack fame. Thanks for the lovely words! 🙂

  2. I love the dress – the fabric choice is so lovely and it really flatters you. it looks as if you could wear it with so many other colours as well. x

    • Thanks, I really want to experiment with different accessories in other colors too for this one. I love brown together with a dash of hot pink, as well as together with black. 🙂

  3. What a lovely dress! The collar is fantastic, and I love the trim you’ve added. The yellow and teal belts are just perfect with it! The classic wiggle dress looks marvelous with that fabric 🙂

    • Thanks, I really like the neckline too, I´d love to make another version of this dress for the Christmas parties. Maybe in a solid color, this time around! 🙂

    • Thanks! Those vintage pattern makers have some cards up their sleeves that you just don´t get from the modern ones!

  4. What a beautiful dress-I love brown also, and while I gravitate to black in the cooler months, brown is wonderful year round. I like the dress paired with the gold belt. Congrats to your husband on his PhD.

  5. Wonderful! I’m a fan of brown, too. I love black, but get bored of it sometimes. And brown really looks better on me anyway. 🙂 I hope your teal accessories re-appear–they look great with this dress.

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The anniversary outfit: Pattern Review for Simplicity 1782 and Burda 02-2011-107

Eight years ago, my darling and I met at a Halloween party. I can´t believe how time flies! So, to celebrate, we went out on a dinner date on Monday (yummy Italian food), and I got a chance to wear two of my newest creations, a 40´s top I´ve been dying to make since I… Continue Reading…

18 Responses to The anniversary outfit: Pattern Review for Simplicity 1782 and Burda 02-2011-107

  1. Solvi, what beautiful outfits! I am swooning over them all- how to Single anything out for praise when the three are so fabulous. You look super elegant, great style and very flattering. I adore the 40s top – love the sleeves and peplum and the red high waisted pencil skirt is such a winner. Cute sorbetto too. Happy anniversary!!

  2. Those tights are super cool! I’ve never seen any with vertical stripes. I love the flirty little peplum on the 40’s top. It’s perfect with the pencil skirt!

  3. Thanks everyone, you are so nice!
    @catherine: I am sure you would ROCK the balloon sleeves, BTW I just ordered that Perry Ellis pattern you made. It was too gorgeous to let go! 🙂

  4. Wow, what an amazing outfit! Love the skirt colour and the blouse looks very sophisticated! I’m also in love with your striped tights, they give your outfit a great extra oomph! 🙂
    Also, congrats on you anniversary! 😉

  5. I love your sophisticated and chic outfit! I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren’t any sewing linky parties to show off vintage creations. I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!
    Justine @ Sew Country Chick

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The Carl von Linné skirt

The sun is setting, and the snow is melting outside the tropical greenhouse in Uppsala Botanical Garden. This weeks challenge over at The Sew Weekly was to make something inspired by the town you live in. Now, I live in Uppsala, and apart from having a really old university, a really big (and old) church,… Continue Reading…

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  1. You live in a beautiful city, Solvi! I love your skirt; there’s something so feminine and pretty about a rose print skirt. Your red boots are awesome!!

  2. The skirt is lovely,I really like it. I thnk it will be a good one for summer too. How nice to see the whole of you in the photo too! BTW, I am jealous of your red boots.

  3. Well, thank you ladies! I love my boots, but they are getting old, and one of them has got a whole in it – so I´m looking for some new one. 🙂

  4. I really like your skirt! (So weird, my husband is looking to do further studying in Uppsala university…I didn’t realize you lived there!)

    • Wow, that´s cool, Steph. you must let me know if you´re coming with him! What department is he at? (My man is at the university too)

  5. I love how with your skirt and overall ensemble, you are basically yelling at winter to go away and for spring to come! I highly agree, maybe if we all start dressing for spring, it will have no other choice but to come…

    • Hehe, Kristin, that was the general idea of this outfit, yes. It was so strange, when I took a walk to the garden, everyone I met were dressed in black, grey, brown and neutrals. It´s funny how winter do that to people. 🙂

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