Simplicity 1609 re-modelled (take 2 on the firebird)

I must be a bit of a slow learner. It took me writing up #sewingtop5 (thanks Gillian!) to realise that having lots of fabric up top doesn’t do much for me.

Armed with that hard-won knowledge I set about renovating my Simplicity 1609 silk cotton fire-bird frock. I loooved the fabric but something wasn’t quite right. I’m using the word renovate or remodelled because it’s not such an extensive a remake as to call it a refashion.

Step 1: grab scissors,  cut a v-neck.

Step 2: panic.

You might remember this was the dress my brain checked out on. I completely messed up what should have been a neat all in one facing for the neck and armholes. I had no fabric left.

So to finish of this neckline I used satin bias. I decided to hand sew it down, this was a strangely satisfying experience. I think it looks pretty good, I might adopt it as a finish in future.

Barbarajanemade new neckline

Barbarajanemade inside neck finished with satin bias

So Simplicity 1609 with v-neckline added. I think it suits me better, what do you think?





Barbarajanemade standing next to an MG wearing Simplicity 1609 Barbarajanemade Barbarajanemade Simplicity 1609

Thanks for reading, happy sewing.



Pattern: 60s style shift Simplicity 1609

Modifications: a full bust adjustment ,10 cm added to the length, v-neck hacked in and finished with bias.

Fabric: silk/cotton from Tessuti

Location: Lake Ginninderra, Canberra, with a beautiful MG (thanks Malcolm!)


15 thoughts on “Simplicity 1609 re-modelled (take 2 on the firebird)

  1. I like the neckline change. Makes it look alot more comfortable. The other neckline brought office to mind. This seems like throw on a dress and sandels and you are good to go.


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