Favourite dress alert!!!
I often find myself torn between making something practical that I know I will get a lot of wear out of, and making something pretty, that I might only get to wear on odd occasions but boy do I love it!
Normally the pretty wins.
However, other than being a little hooty in the breast-icle region, I don’t see why this dress can’t be reasonably everyday wearable. It does work well without the underskirt, making it more practical, but that is no fun!
A few pattern details:
I used the bodice from New Look 6002 (my ultimate go to pattern for bodices) View C
I used the waistband from the same pattern but widened it a little so it covers my belly a bit more.
I drafted my own gathered circle skirt (had just enough fabric once I had squeezed it all on!)
The bodice is fully lined with white cotton from a bed sheet – cheap and cheerful 😀
I used some navy blue ribbon as piping around the top and bottom of the waistband to break up the pattern of the fabric.
Now yes, I know this isn’t a vintage pattern, and looking at the cover it doesn’t particularly scream vintage either. However, I use this sooo often for my vintage inspired creations. It is my ultimate go-to pattern that I find myself returning to over and over again. I have only ever used the skirt part of this pattern once or twice I think but I have attempted every bodice variation. I find that when I team these bodices with a gathered or full circle skirt it gives the whole creation a completely different feel, just enough of a vintage vibe for people to notice, but not so much I feel I am in fancy dress. Perfect for work for example or a more relaxed weekend.
I already have another version of the exact same dress on my mannequin as we speak. I really need to broaden my horizons and try my hand at some different patterns.
I just find sometimes that I worry a new pattern won’t work out as I want it to and I would feel like I had wasted all that time, so I might as well stick to what I know works.
This is a stupid way to think.
Tell me I’m stupid!
I need pattern recommendations people – tried and tested and oh so vintage-esque.
Help me please!
And for more pictures please pop over to the blog HERE.