A 70’s Summer Dress in Brooklyn // Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern

Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been sewing as if my sewing machine has only a few weeks to live (if my Singer’s bucket list included exposed zippers, chiffon and buttonholes, she’d be ready to peacefully leave this world). I’m pumping out at a garment every week or so. And by garment, I mean dress, because that is apparently the only thing I am interested in making. I’ve always been a dress girl. Long before I started sewing I had about 50 bright, thrifted dresses I more or less lived in. I’m so insanely finicky about the fit of skirts, and really find separate dressing much harder than throwing on one thing that needs nothing but a necklace and/or belt to be on your way.

I snagged this vintage Simplicity sewing pattern and vintage floral cotton from that big Craigslist haul from a few months back. I fell in love with this pattern and thought it would make the perfect summer dress:

Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns

Right?! How great is that little peplum top? I’ll definitely using this pattern again. Maybe even get around to doing it in a maxi….

Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns
Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns

Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns

Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns
Vintage Simplicity 6979 Sewing Pattern // Vintage dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns

I recently found a beautiful Egyptian cotton sheet which I used for the trim, and picked up that neon pink zipper for $1 (which unfortunately is not reading as bright as it is). All this to say, I doubt this little baby cost more than $5 to make and I LOVE it. Super comfortable, breathable, bright, and I love all the little details like the band at the top and the ruched bust. I wore this for the first time in Brooklyn and got a few super enthusiastic compliments from girls on the street which always feels amazing when you’ve made it. You may also have noticed my gold orthopedic sandals. Ladies, do yourself a favour and get yourself a pair of Worishofers (thanks Sallie for the heads up). They have changed my life. I had no idea my feet could feel so good. They’re kind of ugly but in a cute way. Did I mention being carried on the gilded wings of angels?

Also, big thanks to Brooklyn for this conveniently matchy graffiti.

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Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Case Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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