Vintage Chic - Simplicity 8013


When I saw this pattern I SQUEALED !! I mean literally yelled in the fabric store  ...

I must have missed the announcement of this pattern and I'm surprised because I'm normally on top of these things either way I loved it the minute I saw it ! 

If I had to pick my favorite era of fashion I would definitely say the 70!  First , its the era that I was born in so thats a win right out the gate! ... lol . 


BUT the FLARE and EXAGGERATION of the 70's is what I adore the most!
 Bell bottoms, Flared Jeans , Pant Suits , Culottes, Boots , Platform Shoes .. POLYESTER !! Mannnn...  

So when I saw this pattern I had to have it ! ......This pattern is a perfect mix of vintage and modern!!


I chose to construct View D however I will be sewing View C at a later time ! I loved the flared arms and the soft pleating in the bodice ... 
It lends such a chic effortlessness to the style of the dress.. Don't you think ?  





The instructions where SUPER EASY to follow .... ON THE OTHER HAND 

You REALLY have to put some work into this dress ,there is a lot of gathering, a lot of sewing, and a lot of heming!!. The 7 yards of fabric needed to make the dress should have been a dead giveaway but it wasnt ... I purchased my black polyester fabric ( Fitting with the era) and skipped my little happy self to my car .... the shock came later . 






Like I mentioned earlier , there is a TON of gathering ... you have to gather all the panels of the actual dress and then the panels of the lining to fit around the bodice  ... In the end I had thread EVERYWHERE !! 



BUT OH ! Was it worth it !!! I love how full the dress is and the fabric I chose  gave it the perfect drape !!! When I sew it again I will add about 4 inches to the skirt just to get it to hit the ground ... 
I did manage to extend the arms out 4 inches to accommodate my long arms tho!



I love the dress ... 
It is a LOT of dress and could definitely be dressed up to wear to a formal event or night out on the town ... Im not sure about all day wear tho.... we will see :)





I definitely plan on sewing this dress again ! 

Until next time XOXOXOXO !!!




Vintage Chic  - Simplicity 8013

18 comments

  1. It came out fabulous and you look fabulous!!! I Love it. I did get my pattern the other day. This is on my to-do list for sure.

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle !! I cant wait to see yours , I know it will be fabulous !!

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  2. It came out fabulous and you look fabulous!!! I Love it. I did get my pattern the other day. This is on my to-do list for sure.

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  3. GORGEOUS! I have this pattern but the yardage made me blink REAL slow lol. I may have to try it lol

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    1. Girl you made me laugh out loud for real !! You are right tho ...I grabbed it because the dress took my breath away .. the fabric amount took my breath away again shortly after !

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  4. OMG Mrs Crafty Chick. Everyone in the sewistsphere (new word?) must have picked up that pattern. LOL. I did when Joanns had their pattern sale. I also was taken aback by the amount of fabric but I see you didn't let that phase you. I MUST find fabric I love and it must be on sale - 7yards! Your dress came out beautiful. Thanks for mentioning length for arms and to touch the floor. That's what I want too. Not to make it an afterthought but your hair ad makeup are perfect. Pictures are perfect.

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    1. Victoria you are right , when I saw it first it was sold out I had to go to another store to find it , I really didn't pay attention to the amount of fabric until I got ready to sew it but when I did it ALMOST made me reconsider ... I'm glad I didn't ! Thank you for your kind words !

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    2. I sewed mine and I love it. My fabric was super crazy deal my husband got in brooklyn NY. That gathering though. Wow. I think mine came out pretty good but I want to go back and take my hem up some actually. You said you were going to add 4 inches next time. Just how tall are you? When I tried mine on I was tripping up my stairs. Anyway, thanks for the encouragement.

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  5. OMG Mrs Crafty Chick. Everyone in the sewistsphere (new word?) must have picked up that pattern. LOL. I did when Joanns had their pattern sale. I also was taken aback by the amount of fabric but I see you didn't let that phase you. I MUST find fabric I love and it must be on sale - 7yards! Your dress came out beautiful. Thanks for mentioning length for arms and to touch the floor. That's what I want too. Not to make it an afterthought but your hair ad makeup are perfect. Pictures are perfect.

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  6. I was so excited when I saw this pattern too but the the 7 yards scared me. I've been searching it every day to see when someone would make it a give a review!

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    1. Thank you Eva! The Fabric amount is a bit scary and you have to be careful not to pick a heavy fabric because the dress will weigh tons ... all in all I'm glad I chose to sew it !

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  7. Hi Can you tell me where I might be able to get this pattern. I love it and those sleeves are awesome!

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    1. We bought ours from Joann fabric. You can also get from Hancock fabric or online from simplicity.

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  8. Shundra - there is no way you cut this fabric on the fold. I am trying to cut the fabric now and have to improvise to make double layer.

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  9. Shundra - there is no way you cut this fabric on the fold. I am trying to cut the fabric now and have to improvise to make double layer.

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  10. I'm just beginning to tackle this for an Indian wedding, so trying to squeeze it out of an old Sari... Talk about a double challenge!
    You look incredible and I do hope you got a lot of wear out of it, it's a shame for such a fab dress to linger in the back of the wardrobe!

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