Simplicity 8662 Dress Pattern Review | Vintage 1970s Jiffy Sewing Pattern
Do you ever find the sewing pattern sample photos so captivating that you're inspired to recreate them? Such was the case for me with this vintage 1970s Jiffy pattern that I got from a Facebook sewing pattern destash group - the knee length dark floral version on the envelope looked so pretty (and one day I want to create that solid color satin floor-length version too!). This "falling leaves" printed satin fabric from Joann's seemed like a good pairing with the pattern, as the vertical repeat would be unbroken.
Because the construction and fit of this dress was so simple, I felt encouraged to really take my time with finishings. Seams were either finished off with vintage rayon seam binding or sewn as French seams. My favorite way to hem lately is to use rayon seam binding, and I think it was the perfect application for this dress.
- shorten the skirt by a few inches
- reduce the length of the shoulder seam by about half an inch so that the sleeve/shoulder seam actually falls on the ball of my shoulder (a common adjustment for me as I have narrow shoulders)
- omit the elastic loop/button closure at the wrists - I found this an interesting feature but unnecessary 🙂