Added Dec 29, 2011
An adaption of a really old pattern …. Vogue 7610 from probably several pattern number rotations ago. I chose this pattern because it has straight side seams for the following reason; to preserve that gorgeous print as much as possible I laid the dress pieces down overlapping the right side seams and cut out the dress as one piece, eliminating the right side seam. Also, instead of several fiddly little pieces for the neckline and armhole facing I cut the bodice facing as one piece also, eliminating the side seams. The natural selvedge was left in place to act as the lower edge of the bodice facing. The dress is loose-fitting enough so I sewed up the left side seams and the dress can be just slipped over her head; no closure necessary.
The lower hem is hand slip-stitched invisibly in place.
The front was drafted to have wide shoulders gathered into the back shoulder, I redrafted to make the shoulders the same width, eliminating the need for gathering. There was just enough fabric for a narrow obi-style belt with long skinny ties.
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