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Simplicity 7638: Late 1960’s Dress

March 1, 2014

I am not sure whether to call this a mod dress or not.  I am not terribly familiar with the fashion terminology of the 60’s so I’ll refrain from attaching any labels lest they be incorrect.

Anyhow, this is a 1968 pattern that I bought as part of a lot in 2009. I immediately fell in in love with the scallops and the color of the green dress but for a sting of reasons didn’t get around to working on it until last July.  The muslin went well and revealed that the only adjustments I truly needed were shortening the length and adding some width to the sleeves.  Yay for big upper arms! Not.  I also removed some of the ease from the sleeve cap because it was unruly.  I cut the fashion fabric….last July…. and didn’t pick the project up again until a couple of weeks ago.  Seven months sat the cut pieces somewhere in my sewing room.  Seven months.

I really love the dress.  I love the scalloped edge and I do love the lime green, even if it is a bit obnoxious.  Now I need to learn a hair do to go with it.  There’s a ton more blurb on my bog.

  1. I love those scallops, too! I’m old enough to remember, and I don’t think I’d call it “mod”, but it is exemplary of the late-sixties dress styles, adorable, and looks fabulous on you. Not many of us can wear that happy green so well. Nice work!

  2. I love color and the scallops. I always say that instead of being born in the 60’s, I should have been an adult. I love the clothing from then! I think it looks fantastic on you.

  3. For your hair, just part it in the middle and let it down. That’s it! You won’t get a more sixties look. Great job on the dress. I love the scallops.

  4. Absolutely adorable. Worth the wait! It would look more mod if it were quite a bit shorter, but it’s just perfect the way it is.

  5. Wow! Love this dress. You did an amazing job on it. Scallops aren’t easy to sew, but yours look perfect. I also love the color. Yes, it’s a distinctive dress, but that’s what makes it unique and special. Like you, I don’t line my summer dresses b/c I also live too far south and it’s just too doggoned hot and humid in our long summers. Hope you enjoy wearing your fabulous new dress!

  6. Love your scallops! And the color is fantastic! I used to have a bright green dress when I was in high school. Love the bright colors. 🙂

  7. Great job. I think the color is really fitting for the ’60s. The scallops add such great interest to the simple lines of the shift.

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