I’ve put away the swing dress for now… I wasn’t feeling up to altering the bodice at the moment. And, to be honest, I think it might fail the “would you buy it” test I’m supposed to be having. It has a crossover bodice, something which doesn’t work great on me since I never fill them out well and they look hollow. But I may come back to it later. In the meantime I’m working on the above. The red is a linen look suiting for the main fabric, the pink is cotton batiste for a full underlining, and the zebra is for the pocket lining as well as a scarf I’m making to go with the dress. What am I making?
This is Vogue 1219, a Christian Dior design from 1975. I bought it because I thought it was a nice basic a-line with a few designer touches. Very classic – you see how this sort of design ages well, and it suits my personal style. I like classic lines. This is sort of a trial run – I’m making version B, with the short sleeves and without the detachable collar. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut long sleeves, and the collar scared me a little with how huge it was, so I’m planning to leave it off for now. If it goes well, I may make it again with long sleeves in a navy linen. A-line dresses are supposed to be good for my shape, but I am so picky about length and the amount of A-line that I don’t usually get them… this time I am in control of those issues!
It took me 2 days to complete the underlining – I used a technique where you cut the underlining 5/8″ larger on vertical edges, and then sort of wrap it around the fashion fabric, enclosing the edges for really pretty seam finishes. I’ve also been using my serger on some edges to stop the fraying of this fabric (it’s cheap fabric, but it was so pretty that I had to get it!) Then I hand basted on the rest of the underlining. It took a long time, but it looks really great! I removed the back shoulder darts and made my “erect posture” alteration before cutting. I tried on the body pieces, and decided to take in the bust and waist by an inch, which I divided between the seams (makes sense since I am an inch smaller than this 32.5″ pattern… good to know that 70s Vogue wasn’t adding crazy amounts of ease yet.) I also shortened the skirt by 3 inches before cutting, bringing it up to mid knee. I have short legs, and the just below the knee look is not good on me.
I hope to finish the dress this weekend… right now it needs the button band, sleeves, and the pockets. I’m taking my time! Since the dress has short sleeves I’m not going to be wearing it yet anyway (Come on warm weather!)
I’m still considering my options for the sweater yarn… I’m probably going to have to order yarn, and I am slow as molasses when it comes to making a purchase. I literally have to consider my options a week before I can click the “buy” button, lest it cause anxiety. As you can imagine, I don’t hop on many “one day only” sales… does anyone else have this sort of issue? Everyone I know says that it’s too easy to buy things with credit cards, so they only carry cash, but I am the opposite. I will spend cash quickly, but am loathe to ever take out the card.