Here are two more versions of the 1970s Simplicity pattern (#8429). This dress is easy to put together, but I always obsess over the details — like deciding where to place the pattern pieces on the fabric to make the coloring (tie dye dress) or the design (elephant dress) just the way I want it. On the elephant dress, I changed the width of the tiers and added an applique piece to the yoke in order to feature the various borders from the bedspread. This arranging of the pattern pieces is something I spend a lot of time on, but it’s sort of like working on a puzzle, and I really enjoy it.
When I first moved to Seattle in the early 1970s, I made most of my clothes out of fabrics just like this. I wish I still had some of those outfits.
A couple of people have wondered who is receiving these little dresses. A few are made for my niece’s daughter, Marjorie, but the rest go to a local thrift store (Bellevue Life Spring at the Bellevue Square Mall), where all of their profits are used to assist low-income families in our city. They also give the families vouchers to purchase articles at the shop. I often go shopping with my sister Sally (Marjorie’s grandmother), where we select fabrics for both Marjorie dresses and thrift shop dresses. She pays and I sew — it’s a happy arrangement.