Pattern Review - Simplicity 3833 1960's retro

I love the style of 1960's dresses, the simple clean cut lines and bright bold prints are an easy way to inject some fun and colour into your wardrobe. 

I've had this Simplicity 3833 in my collection for a while now awaiting a patterned fabric suitable for the spring dress I envisioned.  Such a simple shape is perfect for trying out bold prints and bright colours.  I finally came across this turquoise skull print cotton (not to everyone's taste I know but anyone that follows this blog will know just how much I love skulls) so could get started on this dress.

I made view B for a slightly longer dress with short sleeves, which will be perfect for the spring.

If you caught the Great British Sewing Bee this week you'll have seen Alex using this pattern for her final make and struggling to match the pattern of her fabric along the front seam.  The seam between the front panels of this dress is at an angle so you won't be able to get a perfect line to match straight down the front.  So if you are going to go for a printed fabric choose one where it won't be obvious. 

You would be able to match your fabric pattern down the overlap zips in the back but this didn't even cross my mind when I was cutting the pieces out so mine don't.  I will definitely make sure my patterns match on the zips if using this pattern again.

I greatly enjoyed making this dress, with only three main pieces for the dress (plus some facing pieces) it was quick to trace and put together.  I'm a big fan of patterns with only a few pieces as I dread cutting fabric out.

As this pattern is quite simple it can be put together in a weekend or a dedicated day, which is always great.  It would also be a good pattern for someone that is just starting out.

I really enjoyed making this dress and love how it fits.  I'm going to be adding it to my staple collection of patterns, especially as I can now whip one together in a weekend. 


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Update: I loved this dress so much that I went and made another in purple

Which is you favourite?

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