Added Jun 11, 2011
I don’t often use patterns – I’m still learning and am yet to fully embrace them.
I fell in love with a simple, 60’s shift dress pattern a while ago though and bought it from etsy, but was still too chicken to do it myself as I knew a vintage pattern wasn’t the best thing to start off using patterns with – they often need fixing!
So I did what all good girls do – waited till mumsie visited last summer and had her help me with it.
We worked on the whole thing together – I did the darts and the basic structure and she helped me re-size it a bit. We needed to lift it up at the shoulders so the bust darts would fit me right and we dropped the neck accordingly. She also drafted a quick and easy peterpan collar pattern for me and we worked out the pockets together.
She hand made bias tape out of the contrast fabric and showed me how to hand sew it on properly and how to face the collar too.
I absolutely LOVE this yellow fabric with a teeny bright print and chose a contrast fabric that had a similar sized print on it and although it’s busy, I think it works really well!
I chose to give this classic shift a bit of an edge with a tan and gold exposed zipper – I love the look of a long sexy zipper down the spine!
I initially chose to shorten the zipper, thinking it would be ridiculous to have a zipper almost all the way down to my bum. But I realised soon enough that the dress was just not designed to pop over your head. Vintage ladies liked to step in to their dresses, make up, hair and all! I have landed up LOVING this feature more than anything else!! It’s both sexy and convenient!
I took the dress out for a stroll on a day that had a 40 degree humidex and the compliments were as free flowing as the sunshine that day!
I just love love LOVE how this turned out and it’s extra special because I made it with my mommy, who taught me everything I know…about sewing and otherwise!
Printed cotton, tan and gold exposed zipper.
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