I am very late posting about this dress. I finished sewing it in July but then the summer holidays took hold and I couldn't find the time to get it photographed and written up. Plus I have mixed feelings about the dress. I like it on the hanger and I like how it feels on me. But and this is a big BUT, I am not sure it actually looks that great on me.
The pattern is Style 3590 from 1972 given to me by Philippa.
I used some ebay chambray - this is a mixed fabric I think, it has some stretch to it which I wasn't expecting. I have a weakness for chambray fabrics I think they are so adaptable to sit with other colours and patterns. The pattern is really straightforward to sew up. It has a square yoke on the front and back and slightly puffed sleeves. I added one inseam pocket just to hold my car key and emergency lego found objects, wax crayon, blu tack etc.
There is something funny to me about a pattern that instructs you to buy a belt. I have worn the dress belted and unbelted. It is pretty full when unbelted but very comfortable on a hot day! I am trying to think if I can make this dress wearable in autumn with layers and tights. I am not sure. I am also not 100% certain about a square neckline on me and all those gathers above the bust. Not the most flattering look I think. I just cannot quite make up my mind if this is a hit or miss. I really wanted it to be so good that I may be trying to convince myself. I hope I can drift around in it being a wholesome seventies mother, calm and hip drinking camomile tea while supervising child craft sessions. Unfortunately it more likely I will be overcaffinated, stamping and shouting while cleaning green play dough off the ceiling and scraping cake dough off the floor. (Been reading too many seventies mum wanna be blogs again, must stop that) It is my vintage pattern pledge make. I am glad I made the effort to make it and to join in the vintage pattern pledge - I am a rubbish joiner-inner and have a vague notion It Would be Good For Me if I did more joining in. Would it? What are your thoughts on Joining In? Is this a hit or miss dress? Above bust gathers anyone?