Monday, 25 February 2013

Fearless - 1960s shift


This a typical 60's style and the instructions are for a short women with a small bust. But this is pattern making from scratch and I haven't done this before - fearless.

So my aim was to 'make this work' for me. I can work in cms or inches so I worked in inches and that was ok. I do have a copy of a metric pattern making book but I'll use that another time. When it comes to research, I do just enough research to get me into and through a project.
So you saw these fabrics that I intended to use. Then I spied a second-hand cafe curtain remnant that I bought from St Vinnies that was more Enid (60's) appropriate. The only pattern matching I tried was from the waist line to the hem. I love the front bust dart that goes to the hem and the effect it had on the lacework.
Front view
Back v-neck view
The large lace design is prominent at centre front but is minimised along the dart that goes from the bust to the hem.
Fitting changes:
The dress was at least 2" too wide - fixed.
The front bust dart was 2" too low - fixed.
More fitting changes:
On the pattern, the side bust darts need a bit more (2cm) taken out. The shoulder seam also needs to be shortened because the dress looks like it has a cap sleeve, which I don't mind but wasn't in Enid's original pattern.
I'll have to wear this dress at Love Vintage in March to get some styling feedback. There are sure to be some people there who are taking part in 1940's Sew for victory.
Thanks again TJ for passing Enid over to me.

29 comments:

prttynpnk said...

This is frisky fab! Cheers to you and Enid!

Sheila said...

You did a fantastic job. Love the mirrored front & back neckline.

Summer Flies said...

That is really stunning. I love the lace with the red underneath. You should be really pleased.

Diana said...

This is an absolutely beautiful dress. I love it!

MushyWear said...

So pretty and romantic!

Faye Lewis said...

Well, I am terribly impressed. Such a nice fit. You are so talented.

Linda said...

Great fitting and looking dress. You did a great job!

Lori said...

Fabulous dress, love the fabric and the fit - great job.

shams said...

That is really beautiful! And very unusual.

Giggles said...

this looks wonderful. In fact it's one of those dresses where I looked at it and thought 'I want one' :-)

tigergirl said...

Love it! Must give some of my Enid Gilchrist books a go!

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Hi Maria, the shift dress is absolutely beautiful, and the second hand lace (what a wonderful idea) is reminiscent of the laces worn in the 60's (special dresses often had guipure lace which is so expensive - so your find was a brilliantly parsimonious solution). The dress suits you very nicely.

Renata said...

I wonder if you were back there you would enjou the fashions as much as you do now. You are in your element in that dress, totally fearless!!

theperfectnose said...

OMG pattern to finished garment made from scratch and in lace too! Awesome!

Dk's Wife said...

It is a beautiful dress. I love the lace and red.

Sewingelle said...

This is wonderful. My mum sewed from Enid Gilchrist. I'm sure she never looked quite like this though!

RebeccaHoward said...

The dress looks really great :) Love the fabric and fit.

kbenco said...

Fearless indeed. The dress looks awesome, and making your own pattern is so darn clever. I am very impressed.

BeaJay said...

What a fabulous dress. I love the lace (and the shoes!!). What a great job you have done. Beautiful.

Ruth said...

Cute and cute. Great neckline shape especially the back.

Carol said...

Oh, it's cute! I love the shoes, too.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous, I saw a peek last Saturday, looks fantastic and love the shoes.

Kristy said...

the dress looks fabulous on you, all those fitting changes were well worth it. And you can never go wrong with red shoes - they are perfect with almost everything!

Yana said...

The dress turned out beautiful and it must be very satisfying to make a pattern from scratch! :)

Leonie Picton said...

You've done such a good job. Great fabric choice. I have been given an Enid Gilchrist book for children's clothes, but haven't made a thing out of it. I'm too daunted by drawing up the pattern. I'd never attempt your dress. Great Fearless Feb sewing!

Lisa H. said...

Wow! That dress is fabulous. It fits beautifully.

i heart fabric said...

This is gorgeous you have done a beautiful job. Looks absolutely stunning on you. I really want to make a lace dress!

Elise Lin said...

Wow I really like how you made the fabric pattern match so wonderfully! Well done making your own pattern, I hope I will be able to do that someday.

Lynneb said...

How pretty! It's so flattering on you!

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