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May 8, 2006

Graduation Dress – Part 1

Filed under: Fabric,Pattern Reviews,Vintage Sewing — thesewingdivas @ 7:47 am

by Diva Gigi 

Now that I’m finished with my son’s prom shirt it’s time to move on to my dress for graduation. I have exactly 8 days. I will be using this vintage 1974 Simplicity pattern, view 1. I thought I’d want long sleeves but it’s been soooo darn hot that I’m considering sleeveless even though it’s not my best look. I’ll be whipping up a quick muslin so I’ll decide then.

Here are the two fabrics I am considering. Both are wonderful rayon/lycra jerseys from They are both very pretty so I’m having a hard time making up my mind. Maybe I should look in the stash to see what else I have in there.



  1. Gigi, I’m all for shopping one’s stash, but if you don’t come up with anything already on hand, I like the dots on the right for you. It would work marvelously with the pattern and with your style.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 8, 2006 @ 8:23 am

  2. I am with Ann, the dotted fabric is what caught my eyes immediately for your vintage dress.

    Comment by Els — May 8, 2006 @ 10:10 am

  3. That’s funny, I wouldn’t have said the one on the left. Maybe because I almost bought that one so many times… 🙂 Either one will be gorgeous, though, I’m sure.

    Comment by jemgirlca — May 8, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

  4. darn…
    because of you vintage sewers out there I’m in the progress to develope a new addiction…. vintage patterns…. argh…

    Comment by Tini — May 8, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  5. Yep – the dotty one…I love polka dots…!

    Comment by Phyllis — May 8, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  6. LOL, I made this dress…back when it originally was printed…I made it out of a light blue satiny material…loved it. Very falttering and very comfortable

    Comment by Suzanne — May 9, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  7. I made this dress for my mother-in-law to wear to my wedding back in the 70’s. She had a lovely figure, and even though I used a soft knit, it still made her look pregnant with that gathering under the bustline.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 9, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  8. That pattern would make such a lovely, simple wedding gown!

    Comment by Never teh Bride — May 12, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

  9. The sleeveless style is to be put together for my daughter’s bridesmaids. I too pulled it out of my old stash. She really liked it but the comment above about looking pregnant has me worried (although one of the bridesmaid will be 5 mths along wedding day. I only have the size 12 and need 14, 16 and 20. Hopefully I can modify some similar patterns to the correct size and style.

    Comment by SSAP — June 11, 2006 @ 12:27 am

  10. OMG – that is the exact pattern my mom used in 1978 to make my dress for high school graducation! I still had it around here until a couple of years ago – I eventually made another dress by the same pattern for work. Very comfortable the best I can remember! THank you for rekindling the memory!

    Comment by Lisa Martin — March 29, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

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