Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pattern Review - Style 3062 (uh oh, the 80s)


Once upon a time, particularly when I was on maternity leave, I used to spend a fair chunk of time op/thrift shopping. We were skint, she slept better in the car, I had to get out of the house and it was a mighty fine way to break those groundhog-y days that made up life with a baby. And there was, of course, the thrill of the find. Back then, good op shop scores were a LOT easier to come by.  These days, not so much. Or maybe I've just lost the patience to scour. Anyhoo, most of my pattern stash has accumulated over years and years and years of op shopping. This one's a more recent score, copyright 1982, and apparently came from one Mrs Wood. Or maybe it was made for Mrs. Wood...?


I love a second-hand pattern that has scribbled notes as much as I love those patterns that are still pinned with their original owner's adjustments. And if I find a pattern published in my birth year, well I do believe that's just a gift straight from the sewing gods.

I'm generally a bit 'meh' on eighties patterns and I suspect that's largely to do with the big shoulder thing (Linda Evans anyone?). Don't get me wrong, I too used to position my shoulder pads under my training bra straps so that I could look all broad-shouldered, on-trend and, as it turns out, completely disproportioned. Oh, and then there was this silk taffeta bridesmaid ensemble that I wore in 1986 and to which I rest my big shoulder case. A special mention must also go to the bride's VISIBLE shoulder pads...


And so that was just a really, really long-winded way of saying that this pattern - Style 3062 - has gone some way to restoring my faith in the pattern decade that was the 80s. It has side-seam pockets and the bodice is pleated into the midriff (back and front) and shoulder seams.

Despite being relatively true to the indicated sizing, a few adjustments were most definitely needed. I made a muslin and discovered that I had some pretty major gaping at the front. This was eliminated by making the following pattern adjustment to the front bodice...


I also had to take it up at the shoulder seams and in at the (torso) side seams. Other than that, easy-squeezy. I went with View C because I like the cap sleeve and I had some leftover fabric so why wouldn't you make a matching tie belt? The belt is a hell of a lot longer than it appears on the pattern cover but there ain't no care-factor on that point.


The fabric I chose was our gorgeous Gold Classico Spot - a mid-weight viscose/acetate crepe that has the perfect weight and drape for such a design. It's unlined, finished with an invisible zip and, sure, it wasn't quite ready in time for the Christmas day I'd intended but I'm still pretty damn pleased with it.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my Lisa! Beautiful dress and very funny post. I might have to add this fabric to my Sydney list...

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  2. this is absolutely delicious. you're making me look at my 80s stack anew...

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  3. oh you did a beautiful job! the dress looks very current and fresh, but also timeless. you'll be able to wear this forever, and it's perfect for every day!

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  4. beautiful! you have given me serious dress envy :-)

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  5. How absolutely gorgeous this dress is - you've done a wonderful job!!! I too have dress envy now !

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  6. You look amazing! I think I try and hunt down every pattern you use.... You're too good!

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  7. Love this - a particularly rare 80's success! I keep thinking the 80's need to stay in the 80's every time I come across those typical op shop finds, but this is a winner :)

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  8. Very nice. I remember having a Style pattern very similar. Showing my age now!

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  9. That's really nice. I had a similar dress in polka dot when I was back in high school. It goes great with those shoes.
    *Having a GLAD giveaway on my blog mums.

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  10. Looks gorgeous Miss L!
    And love those shoes.
    Re the 80s, just don't ever mention the words "Year 12 Ball Gown" to me...

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  11. Lovely dress and a GOOD example from the 1980s . OMG the visible shoulder pads I cant believe it!!

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  12. I LOVE this dress. I am so jealous of your pattern find. Wish is was a current pattern so that I could make one.

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  13. Ms Lisa, gorgeous dress, and fabulous flashback, oh the things we did! xmsjane

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