But to tell the truth - I have never made it for myself! Regular readers will know that I have an excess of dresses in my closet so I just never got around to it. Pictured here is the first version I made, as a test, using quilting cotton. A bit small for me but I was able to squeeze into it. As a happy coincidence we have an unintentional red, white and blue 4th of July theme.
What is it about this pattern I like? Just about everything. For starters it has pockets incorporated into the skirt front, always a good feature. It is really easy to make. It comes with lining pieces. The shape of the V-neckline both front and back are very pretty. The straps are delicate - since there is no sleeve option they didn't have to design the chunky shoulder that is common on the multi-version dress patterns. (those dresses never look right to me in the sleeveless version). It has an open neckline but not too low cut. It is relatively easy to adjust the pattern, in that for a full bust you can lengthen the bodice top pieces, reduce the front midriff portion, and no change needed on the back. I almost always have had to take up the shoulder seam but it didn't alter the look of the dress.
One of the versions calls for piping, but that is way too much work for lazy me. Here is a red version, for a tall friend of mine, in cotton sateen (which works beautifully). Version on right for someone about my height, with the upper bodice lengthened a bit.
A closeup of the bodice below, a version I made just last month as a belated birthday present for a friend. Same fabric as the first version in a brown colorway. It is hard to believe that hidden among the quilting cottons is this little gem with a bit of a sheen like a cotton sateen. In fact the dress on the right is also quilting cotton, someone saw the blue version and then found this fabric.
So who is convinced? I have yet to try a knit but I think in a ponte it would be great for travel. Interesting that this dress has a very similar shape to an older one, Vogue 2470 that is also one of my favorites. This pattern is going-going-almost gone but of course the same could be said for lots of others. Why do I look at the sale website when I have a stack of perfectly good unopened patterns already? Sigh. . . .
As for the garden, today I found a wasp's nest in a tricky spot, we are awash in zucchini as usual, no ripe tomatoes yet and the coral color rose in the foreground has had a reprieve since it finally started blooming after 2 years.
The celebrate the 70's giveaways continue, you can still comment on the previous post to be entered in the drawing for the groovy Simplicity sewing book. Check back, or maybe you might want to follow the blog as there is more 70's goodness to be seen including something to come from my sewing machine. It's a wrap! (that's a hint :)
If you are celebrating Independence Day - stay cool and enjoy!