Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Retro Dress.


In 1967 I was in Teachers' College and I was already making most of my clothes. I made a dress that I've always remembered because I loved it so much. It was the "mod " period in fashion and this pattern was a good example of that style.I found it on Pinterest and was so excited to see it

I have a whole board of patterns I once owned and sewed and it's always such a thrill to find new ones! Small things amuse .........! 😗

  
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My 1967 dress was made of a sports weight cotton and was burgundy and teal paisley print. It had long sleeves , a front zipper, patch pockets and a mandarin collar.

Well, I found this burgundy, border print , textured knit and it reminded me somehow of that much loved dress. I thought I would make a tunic to wear with leggings but then I changed my mind and made an above the knee length dress to wear with tights and boots.

I love this thing !! What do you think ?


Well ! It doesn't look that great on Antoinette, I guess !

I  used a couple of different patterns to arrive at this one. Believe it or not , my dress is a combination of Marci Tilton's V 8793 ( OOP ) because I like the loose fit ,

                                          



 and Sandra Betzina's 1456



.I used the body, armscye, and sleeve of 8793 and the shoulders .neckline and  collar of 1456



I added an inch to the side seams , somewhat straightened the waist curve and lengthened it to dress lengthen . I angled to a slight A-line  as well.

I took away 5/8" from the neckline because it was too high  for me and that made all the difference. I had to lengthen the collar slightly because of this alteration.

Patch pockets were a no brainer and I was done.

This was an easy make easily accomplished in a day. I really enjoyed the whole process.

I will wear this piece a lot. It will be great to wear for my Sewing Group, for church, for shopping, and even at home because my hubby appreciates it when  I go around the house  "looking cute" (his words ).







I hope you enjoyed my ode to retro . Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your support.

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12 comments:

Orymonster said...

Cute and comfy looking dress! I enjoyed looking through your Pinterest board. I still have a couple of those patterns and I've been planning on re-making Vogue 7321 view A for awhile, hopefully this summer. Just have to figure out how to go up a size, although I don't think that will be too difficult.

Orymonster said...

Cute and comfy looking dress! I enjoyed looking through your Pinterest board. I still have a couple of those patterns and I've been planning on re-making Vogue 7321 view A for awhile, hopefully this summer. Just have to figure out how to go up a size, although I don't think that will be too difficult.

Carolyn F. said...

Your dress is so cute. I like to dress up when I can. I went to your pinterest board and found one pattern I made back in the 70s for a party at my husband's office. It's Simplicity 6710. I loved that dress and felt so pretty in it. The fabric almost looked the same as the picture. I think I have the pants, Butterick 6842, also. I just have to go look in my pattern drawer to see all the patterns I have had. Also have some my mother had in the 40s and 50s. Obviously I really have too many patterns. I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the things you make. I've had some good ideas from it. Thanks

Irene said...

That looks so cozy! What a brilliant idea to have a board of patterns once owned - great memories (and no clutter in the house!).

Coco said...

I love it too! I had a couple dresses just like yours in the late '60's. Very Twiggy!

Vicki said...

Lovely dress. Just a touch retro.

Margene Yeaton said...

This is a HAPPY DRESS! Love your inspiration and creativity putting the two patterns together.

Ann Brodsky said...

I love it! You do look super cute in this. I have just been going through some of the patterns that I loved from my teens. So much fun to remember what fabrics we used and which were our favorites!

Nancy K said...

It looks great on you and the fabric is fabulous! I do so love an animal print!

Judith Burgess said...

I definitely remember the mod days. Your interpretation turned out well and, yes, very high marks for the cute factor!

Cathryn said...

This dress is fantastic. I now have it on my "must make" list.

Sharon said...

You do "look cute" in your new dress and very creative putting those patterns together to create your dress.