Hot! The “Groovy Spring” Dress | Debi Fry


Picture 22 Fabric: Purple and green polyester: charity shop find, 2 yards for £3
Pattern: Simplicity 7120
Year: c. 1967
Notions: One long zipper: £2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes, but I need some go-go boots

Total Cost: ~£5


I’m back! A super big thank you to Meg for contributing last week! Isn’t she fab?

DSC02702 Can you believe this is my first time sewing with a pattern from the 1960’s?  I had the perfect fabric for it–a great purple and green polyester.  I had just barely enough to make the dress!  I think it works perfectly with the pattern.

The interesting thing about shifting to 1960’s patterns is how much the ‘standard’ body proportions had changed in 30 years!  In 1930’s and 1940’s patterns the proportions for a 36 bust pattern was a 30 waist and 39 inch hip measurement.  By the time we hit 1967 the proportions for a 36 inch bust are a 28 inch waist and a 38 inch hip.  Interesting how the waistlines changes to be a whole 2 inches smaller during that short amount of time!!  I think I’ll still have to do a bit of fiddling with 1960’s (and probably 50’s and 70’s patterns too) to get the right fit.  I had just barely enough fabric but I think if I made this again, I would let it out a bit in the hip area.



I experimented with my hair again–this time with lots of backcombing and curlers!  That was fun.  I’m sort of itching to try a 1950’s wiggle dress at some point soon!

Hope you all had a groovy St. Patrick’s Day!!


Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!


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  1. The dress is great! I love the setting as usual and your hair is extra cute! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  2. Debi the Mod! Ideal use of the material available for your dress and a great style for you. Plain pattern that makes the most of the groovy material – works beautifully.

  3. I love the fabric – and the mod style suits you! As usual – great location for the photos. Thank you!

  4. Your hair is getting so long! Such a great ‘GROOVY’ twist on going green! It’s just great! I adore your styling with the shoes!
    I didn’t know about the difference in sizes, that’s really interesting! Will you use a 60s pattern again do you think?

  5. You look fantastic! love this look on you Debi! Great fabric to pattern choice.

  6. I love this style odf dress, 60s and 70s are just great for evryday wear. Yes I have started to really have to take notice of pattern size, my dress this week was also a 60s number, in comparison to alll the modern patterns I have been using, a challenge atleast!
    I really like your hair to, and a lovely photo shoot as ever.
    x x x

  7. oh me too with the wiggle dress, I even have the right material waiting for it, I just need the right pattern and the right skills ha ha

  8. Thanks Rebecca! It was fun to try something new!!

  9. Debi the Mod…has a bit of a ring to it :-) I definitely want to try out more patterns from this time period!

  10. Thanks Debbie! The fabric was really fun to work with!

  11. I know, my hair is getting long! It grows like crazy which is good! I’m definitely planning to make some more 60’s patterns–they are perfect for spring and summer and seem to be easy to layer!

  12. Thanks Casey! I’ll definitely have to try this look more :-)

  13. Aren’t the 60’s patterns fun? I absolutely adore your dress this week!!

  14. I’ve never attempted a wiggle dress either! I have my material waiting as well :-) I imagine there would be a lot of fitting/drafting involved (at least for me)…so it would have to be a week when I have lots of time :-)

  15. You would have fit right in to the 60’s in that outfit. Beautiful colors and it looks so nice on you.

  16. Oh Debi, I love your hair, you look stunning!!! *whistle*
    The dress is so groovy and I love how you have layered it. The purple shoes are fabulous too!

  17. Thanks Sue! That is a huge compliment!!

  18. Patricia Austin

    This fantastic!!!!! Love the hair!

  19. Thanks Adey! I love thos purple shoes–I’m trying to create more outfits to wear them with :-)

  20. OMG – you look DIVINE in this! Way to go!

  21. Thanks! That was fun to do…I want to learn to do a beehive someday :-)

  22. Thanks Sarah :-) I had fun!

  23. Cute dress. the fabric matched the pattern perfectly..Looks nice on you.

  24. Thanks Judy! I really like it!

  25. Debi, you are one groovy chick!! I love this dress and I love the purple and green combination on you. Your shoes are amazing!! Love the hairstyle – too! You look mahvallous, dahlink!

  26. Thanks DAHLING! You are simply splendid!! :-)