• Dresses

    Psychedelic Simplicity 9936

    Hello crazy cats and kittens! I’m in a 70s frame of mind haha. It is entirely because of my new dress made from a fun 1972 vintage pattern from my stash. With my love of floaty dresses increasing in line with the temperature I decided to dive into my patterns to find something cool to make.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    This 70s wedding and bridesmaid pattern is a build your own dress approach. It has 3 bodice styles and 3 sleeve options plus tips for adding lace or chiffon overlays. It’s a single size pattern and I have the 38″ bust size. I think it was from a car boot sale in a big bundle of patterns.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    At first I chose the sweetheart bodice with long billowing sleeves… you might notice I axed the sleeves though. It was simply overwhelming in this fabric but I’ll definitely add them if I make another version.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    The skirt was hacked beyond recognition to make it gathered at the empire waist and with a gathered tier. The print is pretty busy so you probably can’t see the gathers. Unless you’re very eagle eyed!!

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    My fabric is an absolutely bonkers neon orange and violet floral georgette featuring daisies and poppies. It’s not too sheer but it’s pure polyester so frays when you look at it. I would have loved to do French seams but had to get it overlocked ASAP to avoid distorting any seams.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    I bought the fabric from Leeds Market years ago and never got round to making it until now. It was something like £4 a metre. I’m trying to work through my stash and give some of the amazing fabrics I have a life outside my fabric boxes!! It’s pretty ridiculous how long some pieces have been in there and the recent house move made me think more about my “stock”.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

    It’s not my favourite dress I’ve ever made but lots of positives!! It’s floaty, cool in the heat, an undeniably fun print and it was nice to use a vintage pattern AND fabric from my stash. As I like to say… “winner winner, quorn roast dinner”.

    Almond rock psychedelic simplicity 9936 sewing pattern in 1970s neon floral georgette

  • Jackets and coats

    Finished peacoat!

    Hurrah! I’m happy to share my finished peacoat.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    This is Vogue 7666, a vintage 70s jacket, trouser and skirt pattern that I got in a random bundle of patterns for £1.50 at a car boot sale.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    I wanted to join in the McCall’s peacoat sewalong that Rachel and the team at McCall’s were hosting on their blogs, but I wanted to sew this pattern so hopefully it still counts as taking part.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    The coat was sewn over several weeks. As always, I made a toile because I didn’t trust the pattern to fit out the packet. I used an old curtain and turns out I needed to adjust the princess seams, armholes and sleeve length. I am pretty happy with the adjustments but might have taken too much out of the hips and could have made the princess seams a little snugger.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    The outer jacket is made from a burgundy wool with tiny flecks of black and gold that are hard to see in the photos. It was £6 per metre from B&M Fabrics at Leeds market. The lining is black silk from a car boot sale too funnily enough. A woman was selling off her mother’s fabric stash and sold my mum a 2m piece for £1.50 which she gifted to me. A burn test proved it was actually silk. Lastly I have faceted burgundy buttons from Totally Buttons which were pretty expensive but really make the jacket for me so I don’t care.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    The jacket has some cool instructions for tailoring which made me happy. Each piece is underlining and the fronts, upper back and collar are reinforced with hair canvas. I pad stitched all the canvas and installed twill tape along the fold lines of the collar.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

    The kicker is that while you can add bound buttonholes to the jacket you can only do it down one side. I would have much rather put bound buttonholes down both to make it truly double breasted but the facing doesn’t stretch far enough over. The lined vent is a nice touch and my home made shoulder padding worked a treat.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong

     What’s left to say! The jacket feels lovely and warm and I finished it just in time for the snow that’s threatening to land.

    I do wish the weather was better for photos. Makes me a bit sad to make a jacket I’m so proud of but can’t get good pics of it because of the lame weather.

    One thing I want to flag up if you didn’t know, is that this is the same pattern as Lauren’s ace plaid version which you can see here.

    And here’s a bonus cat photo of Chewie blocking my view of the instructions.

    almond rock vogue 7666 peacoat sewalong