January 2, 2013Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197
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!