the Almost 60s A-line dress
Added Nov 12, 2009
So, there I was on Sunday morning, all set up to start sewing a gorgeous 1960s A-line dress from an original pattern I’d been salivating over for weeks, only to discover on opening the envelope the back part of the pattern was missing. Damn! So, I resorted to using a pattern for a shift dress from an old Prima magazine instead, laid the 60s pattern over the modern pattern, made some adjustments to the skirt to get the desired shape, et voila, an acceptable version.
Because the bustline was very different on the modern pattern, the skirt did not drape as desired, but because the fabric is fairly stiff I managed to solve this by laying a triple hem – three rows of stitching to give it shape and extra stiffness. A good press did the rest.
The dress is fully lined – the fabric is a wool pique and kinda itchy… Of course it had to be a sumptious mid-weight satin… Very nice on the skin and the result is a lovely warm winter dress.
approx. 1m50 wool fabric and lining fabric, 52cm zip.