Monday, September 3, 2007

1960's inspired LBD

Every few months I pull this pattern from my stash and think about making it up. Finally last week I decided to go through with it. It's Simplicity 7170 with a copyright year of 1967.

There's nothing to dislike about this pattern. It's quick to make and easy to wear. It's a great piece for going out for dinner or drinks, and when the weather cools off I'll wear it with tights.


Alterations/design changes
I shortened the length and made the sleeves a bit wider for more of a kimono effect. I also widened the neck.

The pattern included facings for the neckline, instead I just finished the neckline like a t-shirt with a 1.5" strip of fabric. Also, the pattern included a facing for finishing the sleeves; instead I opted to just turn the edge under and stitch.

The center front and center back seams provide minimal shaping; if I were to make this again in a print, I'd just cut the front and back pieces on the fold; the front has a bust dart which is what really matters.

I added asymmetric pockets, and that was actually the most time consuming part of the construction.

I'd really love to make this up in a Missoni-style knit, so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that.


Tany said...

It's beautiful, hot and trendy! I like what you did with the sleeves and the assimetrical pockets, it adds a special touch to this garment! You'll be able to wear it through Fall and that's great!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic, as is the blouse below. Me? I sewed zilch this weekend and am really wishing that wasn't the case now.

The pockets really do add to it. I'd love to see it in a pattern.

Erica Bunker said...

This looks fantastic on you! How cute and trendy is this?

Anonymous said...

this is so cute! I love vintage patterns they're so much fun.Really nice job!Eithne

narcissaqtpie said...

cuteness! I am loving the pockets

Unknown said...

That looks great! How do you have time to get so many things done? It's people like you who make me think I can start making my clothes instead of buying them... Can't wait to see what you have next!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I think I wore something like that in the late 60s! *LOL* It is really cute on you and will be fantastic in a Missoni!

Anonymous said...

Great dress! Your blouse looks awesome too!!

Unknown said...

do you think that pattern would work with other fabrics? I have a thick cotton I would like to try it with

Christina said...

omg Definitely, it would work with both wovens and knits.