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Blackbird (singing in the dead of night)

Added Oct 27, 2013

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






How nice it is to finish projects – especially those which are so simple and leave you feeling like an expert!
This sewing project was an aim to get back to the simpleness of sewing and 60s design. A shift dress with contrasting collar and cuffs. No fussy bows or ruffles, just plain, simple and easy.
Something reminiscent of the mid-60s. A simple silhouette which suited many, and which was so different to the dresses of the previous years. A Peter Pan collar to recall the clothing of their childhood and cuffs to balance.

After recent stressful occurrences in my life, doing something so basic is refreshing. Being able to be in control of something and knowing exactly how it will look in the end is awesome!
Especially when sewing with Double knit, oh double knit, how I love thee! Let me count the ways! Its comfy to wear, forgives small mistakes and has a nice amount of stretch.

However – there cannot be blue sky without rain. Everything was going along swimmingly until the hem where my machine kept skipping stitches, I’m not sure why that was. I changed the needle, checked the tension, re-threaded the machine and yet it still skipped. When I made a test on some cotton fabric it was fine. I’ll most likely unpick the machine stitches and hand-hem it later on.

The pattern I used was Butterick 4772 – I drafted the collar and cuffs, though now that I look at it, I should have tried to balance the width of the collar and cuffs a bit better.

The cuffs are fairly simple, though I didn’t put them on the way I should have. Why not you might ask, well it may be because I’d had a few wines before leaving work that day….
Here’s a tip – sewing while drunk/tipsy is not a good idea. It makes you lazy

I’m going to have many a fun times wearing this dress I think. Sensible enough for work and dressy enough for a night out.

If you like sewing and the 60s, pop over to my blog – sewingthe60s!

Material Notes

Black double knit (Ponte de roma) from Lincraft




Fall, Spring
Garment Type
Mod, Other, Vintage

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    Aug 13, 2014, 02.57 PMby SassyT

    Featured on Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Oct 27, 2013, 11.09 PMby sarahsdaughter

    I love 60’s dresses,yours looks great!

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      Oct 30, 2013, 10.00 AMby alekat

      Thank you! :)

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    Oct 27, 2013, 02.09 PMby SassyT

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 30, 2013, 10.01 AMby alekat


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    Oct 27, 2013, 01.56 PMby nrobson

    thats hot – 60s yeah!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 30, 2013, 10.01 AMby alekat

      Thanks! yeah 60s!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 12.16 PMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous and has a very twiggy vibe going on. You photographed it so well with the background and i’m loving your hair fab x

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 30, 2013, 10.01 AMby alekat

      Thanks Mary! I really notice the background matched until now!

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