This dress was a fluke, a quirk, a stroke of luck. Whatever you want to call it, it was never meant to exist – but I’m really, really glad it does.
A week or two ago, I bought a vintage copy of Simplicity 65c for $2 on Etsy. I didn’t realize until after receiving it that this pattern is actually out of print, aka not available anywhere. Seriously, I googled around, and the only result I could find was that one Etsy shop. And I got one of the only existing copies for $2. I feel just a little like I ripped off the seller, but not enough to actually pay more money.
Shortly thereafter, my mom sent over a big bag of vintage fabric from my grandmother, including an absolutely marvelous gold lace. I thought instantly of my Simplicity, which was due to arrive any day. Simplicity 65c would look perfect in white linen with a gold lace overlay. Given that I’d never used this pattern before, though, and that vintage lace from one’s grandmother is not a material to cut into lightly, I thought I’d make a practice dress. I bought these cabbage-rose curtains years ago at a junk shop, and I decided they’d be perfect. The print is big enough to cover any mistakes – the pattern has a tricky neckline – and the material is so, so soft. This dress will enter heavy rotation once the humidity starts climbing.
To avoid upstaging the blooms, I went for minimal accessories: pearls, Grecian sandals, and my fur hat from White River Junction. Simplicity indeed.