The dress formerly known as Simplicity 1459

Ever since I saw Tanya’s two Simplicity 1459 dresses (here and here, CSC review here), I’ve been wanting to make one. She was kind enough to send it to me, along with a bunch of other patterns, when Joann’s had a big sale (for those of us in NZ and Aus, $1 patterns is mind-boggling), and it’s sat in my stash for a few months waiting for the appropriate fabric and motivation.

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Time not waisted: McCalls 6696

I love shirtwaist dresses. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love ’em. Despite not making very many of them, when looking at fabric I’ll often judge it by thinking “how would this look as a shirtwaist dress?”. I have several fabrics in my stash that would, in fact, look great (if I had thought to buy enough yardage) – but I have only ever made two. Finally my ass was kicked into gear when Mary issued her “Autumn/Spring of 1000 Shirtdresses” challenge.

So may I present: my first McCalls 6696.

Yes, I am wearing high heeled jellies! Hello, 90’s

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