My blog post inspired my mother to dig through her old photo-albums and un-earth this gem:
Isn't this picture just lovely? It might be interesting to know that the little white dress in this idyllic summer picture was actually made of wool...
Considering how much I loved that simple dress, I don't think it's surprising I decided to make another one.
Now, I picked this pattern:
The one on the left. Despite the terminator-esk look of the model, the dress is rather nice. A bit shorter and more form-fitting than my 1966 dress but basically another 1960's shift dress.
I considered using black or blue/purple linen from my stash but I couldn't find any trim to go with it. But I have a big stash... This black fabric with red flower silhouettes is not something I bought myself. My sister bought it when we went to the fabric market together over two years ago. Because she is now the mother of very active 2-year-old, she doesn't sew for herself anymore (she never did a lot of sewing to begin with) and a few months ago, she gave this fabric, and some printed lycra to me.
I wasn't sure what to do with this fabric. It's something I kind of like but in the styles of dresses I usually wear, it would be a bit too much. But for a little 1960's shift...
I think it worked. The only odd thing is that the dress a little bit Chinese to me... I think it's just because it is red and black and high neckline and sleek shape make it vaguely resemble a cheongsam (Shanghai dress).
That neckline, by the way is something I had to change. Believe it or not but I actually had to cut it 1.5 cm lower at the front. Something which I didn't find out until after I had completely finished the all-in-one facing.
That facing was an alteration in itself: The original pattern called for separate neck and armhole facings but I think the all-in-one variety behaves much better when you wear the dress.
I am quite pleased with how this dress turned out as so I don't think this will be my last attempt at 1960's style...
You are really nice with that dress, it suits you wellReplyDelete
I like the fabrics you use for it.
This is really cute! The style suits you and, living in a hot climate like I do, I agree there is nothing so wonderful as a little shift dress to beat the heat. I love the picture of your mother wearing a similar dress too! It's funny that a woollen dress could be considered suitable for summer though!ReplyDelete