Make Do Monday – Get Ready for a Sew-Along

Hello Monday Makers, I think it’s time for a sew-along!

I’m going to make myself one of these retro inspired dresses and I would love it if you joined me! As most vintage patterns tend to come in limited sizes I thought that Simplicity’s 1587 “Miss petite dress” would be accessible for most people. The pattern comes in sizes 6-22 and contains 12 pieces with the option of two different length sleeves and a gathered V-neck with a bow or button.1587dresspattern

This is what the pattern looks like and here are a few links to where you can find it online:, and John lewis.

If we were going to stay true to the era of make do and mend, a curtain length might get chopped, but I’m on the look out for a plain Crepe back satin for my dress. Depending on your size, if you are doing sleeve A or B and the width of your fabric you will need between 2.5-3 meters of material.simplicity1587

This pattern has got that typical 40’s shape with attention to the shoulders and waist. If you are in need of some inspiration here is our post about 1940’s fashion for women. Hopefully by next Monday we’ve picked our material and decided on the sleeve length.


Before we know exactly how much material we need to get, we need to find our size. To get your measurements right you need:

  • a tape measurer
  • a pen
  • a piece of paper

To begin, write down bust, waist, hip and back(neck to waist) on a piece of paper and start off by measuring around the fullest part of your bust. Write down your measurement in inches. At the waist you measure the narrowest part and when measuring the hips you should measure as the pattern suggests, 9 inches down from the waist. Last thing, measure straight from your neck down to your waist. This will help you decide if you need to adjust the length of the bodice of the dress before cutting out your material.

Now using the measurements that you’ve written down, you can find what size will fit you best by comparing them to the “Finished garment measurements” box at the bottom of the pattern chart. Then have a look in the “Pattern size box” (pink box) to see what size you’re tracing off!  If you want to know more about Simplicity’s sizing you can visit here.

To be continued!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Simplicity or any other website mentioned.


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