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Vintage Pattern Knit Dress I bought a whole pile of vintage patterns this summer and have been trying to work my way through them.  From this pattern loot I’ve sewn Sweet Pea some shorts and a tank top, then some shorts for me from the same pattern, Bubba received a new shirt, and finally I am making my way to the dresses.  I have about 8 vintage dress patterns I want to sew up, so here is my first go! Simplicity 5676 I sewed this pattern up quickly, but looked at the directions and thought, who needs that many darts?  There were two sets of darts in the front, and then two sets of darts in the back.  So I omitted all of the darts, tried the dress on, and realized I looked like I was wearing a hospital gown.  Knit Dress I could easily add in two of the darts without taking the dress apart, so I added one set of darts to the front (from the waist up to the bust) and then one set of darts in the back.  It looked okay…Josh gave it a thumbs up, so I wore it out all day yesterday.  Vintage Pattern There were a few things that bothered me so when I got home, I changed right away and cut all of the seams apart.  It only took me about an hour to cut the dress apart and add the extra darts, and now I can say I think this dress is great!  It is made out of a knit that I found at the thrift store for 25 cents (for about 4 yards of knit).  Back Dart And now I can tell you, I need all of those darts.  They give this dress shape and make every seam sit nicely.  It even has shoulder darts, which I had never seen before (except Andrea posted a photo of a dress she made this week showing off her shoulder darts).  Knit Sheath Dress

  • Rachel

    Wow shoulder darts- that’s serious. I’ve done so much children’s sewing over the last 2 years I can see myself deciding darts are optional too :) The end result looks like a great fit!

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks! I think it’s pretty funny I thought all of the steps were optional.

  • cloudsfullofrain

    Ooh, cute and simple! Great job.

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks…I’m really into these simple dresses recently!

  • Ashley

    You did a great job on that dress – it fits you perfectly! I am so impressed by your sewing skills – I am a complete novice, but I have high hopes for the future!

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks Ashley…keep sewing and you’ll get better and better! It’s a fun hobby to pick up!

  • Jenya @ While she was sleeping

    Best 25 cents spent :)

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks Jenya. Buying fabric from a real fabric store kind of hurts after paying so little at the thrift store.

  • Jacinta

    I can never find vintage patterns in my size! Such a classic dress and great you did add those darts in the end. Love the colour too.

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks Jacinta. This pattern is actually measuring a little small for me, but I think the stretch in the knit helped me out!

  • Sara @ SewLOVED

    0.25 cent knit?!? Wow now that is a bargain! I really love the simplicity of the dress and how it fits your body like a glove. I’m still learning how to manipulate fabric with darting but I must say you do it impeccably!

    • dandeliondrift

      Sara…I’m also new to figuring out darts. The pattern just worked out well this time! And it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be!

  • Heather Feather

    Ha ha great story! I’m glad you figured it out! Darts are kind of annoying, but make such a difference! I love the diagonal darts on the front; they are so pretty!

    • dandeliondrift

      Aww…thanks Heather! I am really loving this dress and am excited to try more patterns with darts!