My daughter's other Design and Technology project last year was a 60's or 70's inspired dress. It's already been worn out and about quite a bit. Gabby knew that she wanted it in red and picked out our sandwashed red silk/linen and this vintage Simplicity 6731 pattern, a loan from a kind friend with an enviable vintage pattern collection.
How sizings have changed since the 60's! This Miss size 14 was perfect for today's size 10 measurements and the only alterations made to the pattern was to shorten the sleeves and to change the way the bib yoke was applied. The pattern calls for the bib yoke to be made so that it's detachable, so instead the outer bib piece was edged with a gathered embroidery anglaise trim (available at Tessuti) and sewn into place on the front dress and of course it was shortened some more!. The white flower shaped buttons finish it off nicely.
I really hope Gabby keeps up her sewing this year, as she's learning it's well worth all of the time and patience!
Labels: Dresses, Linen, Sewing, Sewing Classes, Silk, Simplicity, Vintage