Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Simplicity 1587 • Version 5

It's rather ironic; I had planned on photographing and posting a tropical, lightweight rayon dress today, and instead I ended up posting a wintry plaid dress worn with furs. Interesting how that works, isn't it? ;)

The weather took a sudden turn into coldness again, so I decided to buck the April fur deadline and sneak in one last appearance of them for the season. It was cold enough to need them, that's for sure! 

I made this dress before Christmas, and have worn it a lot since then! It is made of the same material as my plaid 1912 skirt; a thick, woven cotton material that has a slight stretch to it. In short, it is the ultimate dress fabric. :) 

We bought this fabric quite a few years ago! I wanted my mom to make me a dress like one that Kit, an American Girl doll had. That was so long ago, I can't even find a picture of the original dress! Sadness! ;)

As you may have guessed, that particular dress never got made, so I had about 5 yards of this lovely material laying around to make into something. I made the plaid 1912 skirt out of it first, but had a little bit of material left afterwards. I never thought there would be enough for a dress, but surprisingly enough, there was! I was able to *just barely* squeeze Simplicity 1587 out of it, using the Vogue 8767 skirt.

I suppose the amount of times I've made this pattern rather speaks for itself. Suffice it to say, I love it. And I'm not going to say that I have enough of them, because every time I do, I end up sewing yet another one. ;) There is another summery version that has not been blogged about yet, in fact!

Click to see versions 1, 2, 3, 4.

I made three-quarter length sleeves on this dress, and opted for a bow-less front with a simple (nut) button as an accent. We happened to have a belt buckle that was similar in texture, so that worked well!

This dress matches my vintage 1940s shoes from Two Old Beans better than any other, I think. I just love them! 

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back in a couple of days with a lovely tea-themed blog post. :) Stay tuned!

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  1. Lovely! I'm always a sucker for plaid. I especially like the 4th or 6th picture, depending on how you count lol (this one)

  2. Oh my goodness, I think I have to say it again: This is my favorite dress yet!!! :) No, really, I LOVE S1587, red, and plaid, so you put them all together in one lovely garment and I simply adore it. The button and buckle are perfect! You look so stylish with your hat and furs and that pretty purse. Oh yes, and the shoes are just perfect. Fun to see this pretty outfit, Esther!

  3. Lovely, and so cozy-looking for a late chill!

  4. I love this, doesn't it work well as a winter dress? I did have a question re the sleeves. I popped a cardigan on the other day over my Simplicity 1587 and the shoulder area rode up so high, it was unwearable. It seems the armsyce is lower than usual. Have you noticed this? It could be I haven't taken enough out of bodice length (I am really short waisted) but I think I am going to have to redraw the armhole

    1. Thank you, Kaitlyn!! It sure does make a lovely winter dress! I haven't noticed a problem with the armscye in particular, although I do pretty much always have to do some jerking on whatever dress sleeves I have on when putting on a sweater. ;) I hope you can figure out the fit on yours! Let me know how it goes!

  5. What a sophisticated, glamorous outfit (I'd wear it in a heartbeat, too). I adore your classic fur wrap. It highlights just how sublime red and brown are together.

    Many hugs & happy April wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  6. Thank you so much, ladies!! :) You are so kind and sweet!!


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