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Basic Dress Pattern: One Pattern, Many Dresses

Updated on August 23, 2015

Ine Basic Sewing Pattern

A Wardrobe from the Simplicity Threads Collection

Simplicity pattern 2455 is a fine collection of separates: a sleeveless dress or shell top, a tailored jacket and basic dress pants. I needed some basic dresses, so I made the dress in two different fabrics. The first was a silky print. The second was a gray pinstripe, for which I made a simple matching shrug jacket from a different pattern.

Wear this slim and simple dress with a jacket for an office look or alone for a bare-armed, Jackie Kennedy look. The dress has a zipper placket on the side--very retro! I did find the dress to be a bit too short for me, although I am just 5' 5. After making the silky dress according to the pattern, I added two inches to the hem when I cut out the pinstripe version. My lengthened version hits me just above the knee--short enough for a woman my age.

Threads Magazine has a number of patterns available through Simplicity. All these patterns offer classic style with some special designer details. Try one or two Threads patterns; you will find yourself using them more than once because of their versatility and classic good looks.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Thank you! It has been so warm this week that I wore the striped one to church Sunday.

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      Anshu 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Informative article. I love the dresses you have shown.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      I sewed a lot in my teens and 20s, but haven't done much since then (other than linings for crocheted/knitted purses). These patterns make me want to try my hand at it again ... all I need is a sewing machine :-).

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Thanks for visiting, y'all. I always get my patterns at JoAnn Fabrics when they go on sale for 99 cents. I stock up and then always have a pattern at home when I want to sew.

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      EasyReading 6 years ago from Florida

      Great idea and fun patterns I love simplicity and enjoy my dress, but the wallet cannot meet demands of today's prices on dresses, this is a great way to build my wardrobe with some great styling dresses! Thanks for Sharing!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      they both worked up nicely! I love to sew as well...I must take my machine out and oil it up!!