A Polka Dot Halter Wrap Dress!

Erica B's DIY Style: Vtg Simplicity 9704 Halter Wrap Dress made in Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com
I’ve been really having an eye for vintage patterns lately.  I especially like the ones from the 1970s.  This one is dated 1980, so it still has that late 70s vibe.
Vintage Simplicity Patterns 9704  - Halter Wrap Dress -- Erica B's DIY Style
This pattern is Simplicity 9704 - Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas front wrap dress with pleated front closing skirt and curved hemline. Tie neckline.
Erica B's DIY Style: Vtg Simplicity 9704 Halter Wrap Dress made in Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com
I knew that I wanted to make this dress in a silk crepe, so when I started my search of fabrics I lucked up on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Dark Blue (more like cobalt) Polka Dot Silk Crepe from MoodFabrics.com.  The hand of this fabric is incredible.
Erica B's DIY Style: Vtg Simplicity 9704 Halter Wrap Dress made in Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com
For my vintage pattern, I used the size 14 — there is only a single size in the envelope.  The size seems to fall more in line with a modern size 12.  And I was glad of that because I didn’t have to make a single alteration to the pattern.
Erica B's DIY Style: Vtg Simplicity 9704 Halter Wrap Dress made in Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com
Silk crepe is my favorite fabric and I live in silk pieces during the spring and summer.  And this fabric is exceptional.  The weight of it made it so easy to cut.  And I sewed it as usual with a Microtex needle.
The bodice is self-lined and the skirt is not.  The skirt is sewn at the center back and I used a French seam.  The sides of the skirt are shaped with curved darts.  And I used small snaps for closures.  I also added one to the center front of the bodice to hold it together to prevent a major wardrobe malfunction.
Erica B's DIY Style: Vtg Simplicity 9704 Halter Wrap Dress made in Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com
Since the inside shows, I’m glad I made a French seam.  And the curved hem is done with a narrow hem and creates a beautiful drape.  This pattern was so easy to make, I feel I will make another one before summer is over.
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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    April 1, 2015

    Oh boy, this is is beautiful and the color is so flattering on you. This silk is going to sell out now!

    • Erica B.
      April 1, 2015

      Mary Beth, that fabric is so incredible! Thanks!

  • Serenity
    April 1, 2015

    Your looking model hot these days. Keep up the good work.

    • Erica B.
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks Serenity!

  • Karen
    April 1, 2015

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  • Lauren
    April 1, 2015

    You look AMAZING, Erica! Love everything about this!

  • JJ
    April 1, 2015

    You look stunning in Blue!!! Loooooooove this dress so much.

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • Peter
    April 1, 2015

    This looks sensational, Erica! I love the way you re-visit vintage patterns and make them look totally of-the-moment. Great job!

    • Erica B.
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks Peter! They’re becoming my favorite!

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    You look fantastic Erica! Both the colour and the style of this are great on you. Lovely job!

  • Bella
    April 1, 2015

    You look absolutely luminous! Beautiful dress!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 2, 2015

    Gorgeous dress, Erica. Your pictures are always the best :)

  • Lori
    April 2, 2015

    Erica, this is a stunning dress, beautiful job.

  • Najah
    April 2, 2015

    This is jaw-droppingingly hot. And the color! I recently made a dress with a rich deep blue, too and I love how it looks on brown skin.

  • Sandy
    April 3, 2015

    Gorgeous material and dress style on you.

  • DebB
    April 6, 2015

    That dress looks amazing on you – perfect color! And those shoes!!

  • Amy
    April 9, 2015

    Stunning! You look fabulous, and you’ve done that fabric proud!

  • bakedeggs
    April 16, 2015

    wow, this is stunning. my favourite make of yours.

  • Diana
    April 17, 2015

    Awesome!

  • carlos
    April 17, 2015

    i can do that myself and make the pattern Aldo and I can do better than that. That is an old style

  • carlos
    April 17, 2015

    Create fashion forward not fashion retrograde

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    April 22, 2015

    Absolutely fabulous. An amazing fabric & a beautiful make. One of your best!