Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simplicity 6471: 1974 Puff Sleeve Tent Dress

While I'm working on some new projects, here's an older one that I made three years ago from this amazing 1974 pattern - Simplicity 6471! It's a maternity pattern and I actually made the dress way before I was pregnant. At the time, I was attracted to the flared/tent silhouette and the puff sleeves, and the finished dress actually doesn't look much like a maternity dress, in my opinion.

The fabric that I used was a very strange vintage 1970s primary colored animal print bed sheet. Dig those creepy eyes! In fact, I was so fascinated by those eyes, that I used them to make the fabric covered buttons for the front. I was really happy with the outcome, but the neck band and front button closure proved quite a challenge at the time!

This pattern, by the way, is now available for purchase in my Etsy vintage sewing pattern shop! I know there are a bazillon different patterns shops out there right now, but I think my shop has a really great (and growing) selection of patterns for extremely reasonable prices (most are around $4.00-$5.00 each).


  1. I love the eye buttons! What a great detail!

  2. Thanks so much! I'm now following your blog - I'm a thrift store and sewing junkie, too!