This is my first contribution to We Sew Retro. I’ve been sewing casually since I was a teenager, but only decided that I wanted to get “serious” in the past year or so. This month I’ve finished two dresses that I like.
I made the first from the “Sweetheart Sundress” pattern in Gertie’s book. I added a circle skirt instead of a gathered one, and it’s made from some kind of textured cotton. The collar and straps feel like a cotton/poly blend.
I made the second dress from my own pattern, using a sloper adapted from the book “Built By Wendy Dresses.” I learned how to match up the stripes to form a chevron (without collapsing in tears of frustration) from this post.
I played around with the darts a bit to make them disappear into the design of the chevron, and I added a side zipper so the back would match up neatly, too.
And because headless photos are weird and unsettling, here’s a photo of my sweetheart and me celebrating our first anniversary…I’m wearing the black and white dress, so you can see a bit of it peeking out.
Happy sewing, all!