I was leafing through the Burdasytle May edition feeling a little bit uninspired when I came across this little beauty. Its taken from a 1960′s Vintage Pattern and it was love at first sight
Apart from the great design, I especially liked the fabric choice in this – which is a beautiful bright geometric type print in silk and the colour-way is my absolute favourite, riot of blues.
It is not evident from the picture above, that the dress is fitted at the bust and slim through the waist panelling and darts, skimming the hips – Yay! and a little bow detail, gives I think a quintessentially 60′s vibe. The line drawing gives a more accurate representation of where the fit is on this.
I decided that I would like this to be lined, I found a lovely lightweight lawnish type cotton and decided that I would use initially as a muslin/toile to perfect the fit. The neckline was a bit low for me showing wayyy to much cleavage so I did a shoulder adjustment, which seemed to do the trick. I am rather short in the body so there was no real need to alter anything else.
I managed to source a similar fabric to the one featured as this was what had first drew me to this pattern and I was delighted to find a medium weight glazed poplin which fit the bill perfectly.
I adjusted the pattern cut the fabric made up the dress inserted the zip and put on my dress form (inside out) and then put on the muslin/toile/lining, wrong sides to gether and tacked on. I left off the sleeve facings as I wanted to have the lining in place before I attahced those; thus helping to anchor the lining. I did not put on the bow and tape detail as it is lost in the print, also I will wear this casually with a little cardi and I think the bow is a bit fussy in that instance.
This was such an easy dress to put together – even with the lining which I would always recommend especially on something so fitted as it feels substantial on the waist – no stretching or bulging. I have to say the style is one of the most flattering I have ever worn; I love it…..and before you ask Yes! I will use this pattern again, next time I will do in a plain medium weight shot silk fabric with perhaps a matching evening coat and I would then go for the bow detail and perhaps carry it through to the coat. Ahhh! I just have to find somewhere to go with it!!