Ooh my it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an actual project!
This item is a reproduction of Biba’s Pink Gingham dress
The dress was featured in The Daily Mirror in a piece on four career girls. Editor Felicity Green had requested Barbara to design an item for the feature and off the top of her head, Barbara suggested a pink gingham dress with a hole in the back and a matching Brigitte Bardot style kerchief to be sold for 25 shillings.
The dress was so successful that they sold over 17,000 units and the 400 yards of fabric they thought would be enough for the manufacture the dress, wasn’t and they resorted to petitioning all the gingham manufacturers in England for supply and ended up needing 25,000 yards!
The only changes I made were omitting the back darts (not a fan) and I brought the hem up to a modern length. This dress was designed in 1963! Dresses above the knee were still scandalous!
|Without the kerchief|
Making the hole in the back was as simple as cutting an even hole in the back. I just took a wild guess and snipped away!
|Roll neck collar|
|view showing button closure|
|Back view detail|