Simplicity 1459 - Sassy 1950s Shirt Dress + Sew Along!

by - 6/02/2018

Simplicity 1459 - Sassy 1950s Shirt Dress + Sew Along

Hi pinups! I know I've said it a few times recently, but I'm really excited to share this make with you! It's the last in the series of my Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity projects and I'm finishing with an eye catching, super-sassy 1950s number!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may recognise this dress pattern already. I made the Simplicity 1459 pattern over a year ago. For my original, and full, sewing pattern review visit my first post HERE.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 1459 1950s Shirt Dress Sew Along

I hope you'll find my Stitch by Stitch video helpful for those looking to make the 1459 pattern or if you're curious about it's construction. Even though at first glance the pattern can look a little complicated, I think it's quite straightforward. As the collar pattern pieces are so large, it makes the sewing nice & clear and not fiddly like some shirt dresses can be.

In the video I say I'll be sewing a t-shirt sleeve, but when I tried the dress on just before the sleeve insertion, I decided to opt for the sleeveless option instead. I'm so happy I did as it makes it so much easier to get into and more comfortable to wear.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 1459 

Fabric: Boufants & Broken Hearts Cotton

Notions: 3 buttons & 22" Concealed Nylon Zip

Sewing time: Half a day to a day.

Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper. Made the skirt panels narrower.

Fit: Spot on!

Difficulty: I'd recommend this for adventurous beginners.

Watch out for: Don't forget to sew the collar points carefully.

Make again?: This is my second, but I see a 3rd in my life.

Overall the Simplicity 1459 dress pattern is becoming one of my favourites. I enjoy the whole sewing process of this pattern and it covers a lot of great techniques in it's construction. I can certainly see myself sewing a 3rd!


Let me know if you'll be trying this pattern and be sure to tag me @craftypinup in your snaps so I can see them too!

Watch all my Simplicity Stitch by Stitch videos in my playlist HERE.

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity

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  1. Hi Abi, your version of this dress is gorgeous. The packet images are very uninspiring but it looks great on you! I can see why you like this dress and will be making a third version x

  2. This is an absolutely stunning dress, Abi! The shape, style, print and colour look awesome on you. This pattern has been on my radar for ages as I think it would look cute made in a gingham from my stash, but I'm worried that the collar might not sit nicely under a cardigan. Do you think it would be too bulky?

  3. So striking in this fabric - and fun!