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1968 Keyhole Dress

July 6, 2014

Starting with a really cute Simplicity pattern from 1968 and using the McQueen/David Bowie Jacket as a bit of Union Jack inspiration

First I played around with the pattern ┬áschematic and a Union Jack on the computer and ended up with a placement that I didn’t think looked too bad (although it was a bit tough going over the curved seam at the centre back….

Because the dress was fully lined, I mostly patchworked the shapes on to the outer fabric. (The pattern had originally been cut out with a shortened hem, so I thought I might just use the previous owner’s length – just to see how short they anticipated wearing it) I used a stiff 100% cotton fabric with a linen weave.

After that it was just a walk in the park to get the dress together using the same white cotton fabric as lining.

 

 

  1. When I first saw this I assumed you’d cut up a flag or something. But, top marks for you for patchworking the Union jack. I’m also very impressed with your ideas on the computer – I wouldn’t know how!
    The dress looks brilliant!

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