Vintage Simplicity 7454

Once again I’ve taken a little inspiration from another blogger to make this frock. Well… maybe I just copied her 🙂


You see Rachel put out a call for Vintage Simplicity 7454 on Instagram. She got a traced off copy from Colette at Tessuti. When I asked to borrow it from Rach once she finished, another IGer – Emma –  said she had a copy in her stash that she was happy to send it to me. Yay! Sewing peeps are the best!


Now as it happens, I actually have plans to make three different autumn garments at the moment, but naturally as soon as I received the pattern I needed to make it NOW! Those pockets are EPIC!! If only you could see them in this print!!!


This fabric was a happy find from Pitt Trading that I purchased last year during a fabric diet. I needed only swimsuit lining, so naturally I purchased lining and this vintage piece. I guess I don’t regret it now. I think it might be viyella, though I’m no burn test expert. It was only 90 cm wide and just over 2.5m long which was perfect for this true midi length dress.


I think this is a great pairing and I’m super pleased with the fit. I was concerned about the sizing, but found that sewing slightly deeper seam allowanced kept the fit trim. I also omitted the back tie and added buttons to create a more streamlined look.


Now that I’m finished with this pattern, it will now make it’s was to Jillian. It will be cool to see what she makes with it and Rach should have finished her’s too. Maybe we need to start a travelling pattern project with this beauty.

  • oh wow! That turned out lovely!

  • It IS a great pairing! Next time I am in Sydney I am making Pitt Trading a priority. Sewing peeps are the best. Met Rachel last weekend and looking forward to seeing her version ;o)

  • Lovely dress…. Maybe you need to do a “Sisterhood of the travelling pants” type of thing?

  • Travelling pattern! Yes! I’m so excited to make this one. I’m thinking maxi. Yours looks awesome. Is it Viyella as in wool/cotton blend??

  • Oh, it fabulous! I just looked googled the pattern to see the pockets and they are awesome.

  • Gosh, what a cool dress! It’s so great!

  • Gabrielle

    It’s so lovely! Perfect for all this humidity too (when is it going to cool down?) Great pattern, and yes, making it a travelling pattern sounds a terrific idea!

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Looks great! Love the crossover straps at the back.

  • Looks fab. Love the generosity of the sewing community!