I see recent interest in this post so I’m editing because the main content was posted at The Sewing Divas blog.
Simplicity release 3833 in 2007, a “Retro” pattern:
of this pattern originally published in the 1960’s:
Here’s is the pattern comparison. The blue lines are the 1960’s pattern, the red 2007:
There are only 3 pieces. The main changes have been to lower the bust point, alter the shape of the skirt’s flare so it doesn’t swing to the back and make the neckline higher
Simplicity has been very responsive to modern garment sewers’ requests and interests, traveling to different sewing expos to visit with the current sewing enthusiasts and display their new designs. The company has recently closed it’s aging pattern printing plant in Michigan and is now having patterns printed by a third party.
Company representatives have stated that the company is doing well and will continue to produce quality patterns, calming fears the sewing public has had over losing the last “independent “of the Big Four pattern companies. Mc Calls, Vogue and Butterick are now owned by the same company, the Mc Call Pattern Company, which includes a wall paper division, Wallies, .