1960's navy pencil dress
Added Sep 2, 2013
During one of my regular fabric hunts I stumbled upon an interesting fabric with an unusual texture that was yelling at me to buy it for the purpose of making a comfortable yet classically styled pencil dress. I’m always on the lookout for something with the potential to be comfortable but disguised as elegant. This was just perfect! It has a fair amount of stretch, which meant I could get away with making a dress that does not require fastening. Awesome!
I selected a couple of 1960’s patterns from which to mix and match bits and pieces. I wanted a lovely boaty neckline – this one is a little lower at the back, which I love. I also wanted have a skirt with soft pleats at the front to help create a more feminine shape at the hips. To accentuate that further, I tapered the shape of the skirt towards the hem. A belt at the waist is really the finishing touch in the shaping department.
One of the things I love about this dress are some of the details in the patterns. For example, the slight gathers at the shoulders and the elbow darts. Although the fabric doesn’t reveal them too much, I think they allow the sleeves to be a little more tailored.
textures polyester with stretch