Simplicity 1609 – Jiffy shift dress – Giveaway

I was recently thrilled to be approached by Simplicity to try some of their patterns, post a review, and host a giveaway.  I think it would have been foolish churlish to refuse.

So I didn’t. Tra la laaaaaaaa!

I’m currently working on the top I’m going to review, so the proper giveaway will come when I’ve finished that and can share it with you.

You know how it is with school holidays…sewing is the last thing you get to do! 😉

However, when I received my patterns I found that I had been sent 1609 by mistake and in the wrong size (it’s a 6 – 14), so the lovely folks at Simplicity are sending me the right pattern (woot!) and have said that I can share 1609 with you.

Simplicity 1609

Thanks, Simplicity.  It’s so kind of you.

So, whilst this dress isn’t my thing, it’s certainly an adorable pattern.  The wonderful Gertie has made 5, yes five!, versions of this.  That’s one hell of an endorsement.


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Check out Gertie’s blog for the other versions…they are all really cute. Although you wouldn’t expect anything less, would you?

To win this pattern just leave me a comment on this post before midnight GMT on Sunday 18th August.  I’d love to hear what fabric you’d make this up in.

I’ll be happy to post this anywhere in the world.

Bonne chance, mes amies!

32 Responses to Simplicity 1609 – Jiffy shift dress – Giveaway

  1. Debby says:

    A shift dress is my favourite shape, If I was lucky enough to win this pattern I would make it from a lightweight wool for the Winter and wear a polo neck jumper underneath.

  2. This pattern would work great to made up a Mondrian style dress.

  3. It’s worrying that I’m fairly sure that I made the original Jiffy pattern in bright orange cotton with the petal collar.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I really like the peter pan collar. I think the dress would be cute in a bright turquoise cotton sateen with the collar made from a yellow eyelet.

  5. Judy says:

    I clearly remember my my mum wearing exactly this style of dress – and I believe she made mini versions for me too! I have a lovely piece of John Kaldor cotton I’d use for this – teal. Mmm!

  6. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on Gertie’s blog. I love shift dresses and a-line skirts… Grey with red topstitching would be my take! Thanks, Evie

  7. prttynpnk says:

    I can’t wait to see your blouse review- maybe it would be perfect for a lovely burgundy leaf pattern the sweetest person sent me…….

  8. Michelle says:

    I followed Gertie’s posts as she had brainlock on this pattern. If I had this pattern, I would be conservative and use a black fabric. Can never have enough little black dresses!

  9. ooh i asked for 1609 for my simplicity patterns and got 1608 instead! i would make it up in red needlecord and wear with a poloneck and tights. or any one of several versions that are in my head!

  10. Leila says:

    Cool you were approached! I wouldn’t have thought to make this dress but Gertie’s versions are so super cute!

    • Isnt’ it! I do think the major pattern companies completely miss a trick with their pattern covers. Oftentimes I’ll see a pattern made up that is so adorable and when I look at the pattern envelope I marvel that anyone could see the potential of it!

  11. Shar says:

    Good for you – can’t wait to see the top you’re making! Thank you for the giveaway. Judy’s comment above reminded me that I have a picture of myself in 4th or 5th grade ‘performing’ a clarinet solo in a shift dress made by my mom. You’re right that Gertie’s versions are cute (and very cool at the same time). I’m waiting on some polka dot fabric from Gertie’s online shop that would be perfect for this pattern.

  12. jackin says:

    I saw Gertie’s version, loved it and now I want one for me :-).

  13. Ooo I’m thinking navy with a white collar for contrast.

  14. Gjeometry says:

    Oh, one person’s mistake is another’s gain!! I love this pattern and have been eyeing it for a long time, but don’t own it. I would love to win it. I think, I would sew it in black with a white collar just to add some sophistication to it and tame down the ‘cuteness’ of it. I like version A, the best. Fingers crossed!!