1970s | Dresses

Seventies Shift

August 14, 2014

In need of a new dress, I decided to sew one from a 1970s Vogue ‘Very Easy’ shift pattern. This pattern was true to its word as it was extremely simple to construct, with only seven pieces to cut out and sew.

As I wasn’t sure how the dress would turn out, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the fabric. In the meantime, a friend recommended Fabric Land in Bristol to me, so I did a quick trip down the M5 and found that its a haven of well-priced and quite quirky fabrics. After much ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ I brought some plum-coloured fabric with turquoise birds on it for a reasonable £3.69 a metre.

The dress was relatively quick to sew and I didn’t do any mods to it at all. The dress’s plus points are two big patch pockets, the large scooped neckline, short sleeves and well-placed darts, which give it a bit of shape. The only drawback is the back of the neck doesn’t fit as close as I’d like it to, but that’s not a big problem really.

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I can see myself re-visiting this pattern again soon as this could well be a wardrobe staple from summer through to autumn. Now, what fabric should I use next?…….

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