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January 2, 2013

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

By Andrea

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an excellent New Year’s. I’ve got another retro pattern review, Simplicity 7197, which dates back to 1975.


Ella is a girly girl who loves to dress in skirts and dresses, so I thought something with a longer sleeve would be good, since we’re only mid way through winter. I had this piece of fabric, which Ella had picked out previously that I planned to use:


Yes, other fellow children of the 80s, that is old school Strawberry Shortcake fabric. You can also see it’s a very directional print.


Unfortunately, no matter how I finagled, this pattern wasn’t going to fit on this piece of fabric, as the sleeve piece needs to be flipped. 🙁 I guess I should have read the envelope back more closely, as it clearly says fabric without nap. Whoops.


Back to the drawing board. I decided to go with this solid pink 100% cotton fabric which coordinated really well with some tie dye ric rack I had in my stash.


Once I finally got going on the pattern, it went together quite quickly, I had the dress done in about 2 hours. I added a few inches to the bottom since Ella’s really tall for her age, and I don’t want her to outgrow it right away.


Here’s the finished dress. Pretty simple, but super cute, and nice and loose and comfy so Ella can really move around in it.


I love the the dye ric rack! The pattern calls for lace, but I didn’t have any in the right width, and I think it made a pretty substitute.


And here’s an action shot! Ella decided to pair it with her Strawberry Shortcake skirt (which she likes to pair with everything!), but I think it will look super cute with some leggings for the rest of the winter.

So now, I debate – do I make a coordinating pinafore from this pattern out of the original Strawberry Shortcake fabric, or do I look for another pattern? Decisions, decisions!

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7 Responses to Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Oh my gosh…..YES…a pinafore in the Strawberry Shortcake fabric!!!

    And, by the way, awesome job (as usual) on the dress Andrea!!!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Sooo cute! Good call with the ric-rack!

    And I second the Strawberry Shortcake pinafore. 🙂

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I third the pinafore! If the nap gives you a hard time with the Strawberry Shortcake fabric, you could just make an applique out of it for the center, kind of like the ones in the picture. It turned out super cute!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Good idea, Betty! I think I should be ok on the pinafore, since it says with or without nap, but I will definitely keep that in mind if it’s not going to work.

  4. Andrea Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks, everybody! It looks like I will have to do the pinafore! Stay tuned for part two of this retro pattern review, heh.

  5. sablemable Reply

    January 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    LOL, before you mentioned the fabric print was Strawberry Shortcake, I knew it instantly! (I have nieces who were into SS back then).

    I’ll chime in with the rest of the girls here-yes, a pinafore in that fabric!

    Adorable dress and I love the ric-rack. It really adds punch to the dress!

    PS: The most adorable is your Ella!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Aw, thanks, Sable! We think she’s pretty cute,too 🙂

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