So! How have we all been so far this week? I’m rather excited because after lots of being sick and in toothy pain, I have finally finished the drop waist dress! I have decided to call it the Tuffin dress after Sally Tuffin from the 60s design duo, Foale and Tuffin.
I’m currently reading their biography and read that Sally mainly designed the dresses and Marion designed the suits, hence the name!
I'll take some proper photos this weekend after I get my new braces (eek!)
So now is the time to start planning the next project!
Around the same time I finished reading A to Biba, I was perusing the new fabrics for spring that Lincraft had on offer. I didn't expect anything extraordinary but my eye came across a black chiffon with gold printed detail. As my mind was in Biba mode, I envisioned something similar to this jersey dress.
The fabric reminded me of the black and gold of the Big Biba interiors and the signage, so that really firmed it up for me.
So in a sort of storyboard type style, here are the plans for the Barbara Dress!
Dress with fitted bodice, a-line skirt, gathered shoulders with bishop sleeves and buttoned cuffs.
Bodice underlined with black crepe, with sleeves to remain unlined. Cuffs to be lined in organza to keep the lightness
Zippered back hem just above knee length
|Lovely black and gold chiffon, centre|
Here is my elementary attempt at sketching my vision (no people, I can't do those well)
I will be using Style 1118 as the pattern for the bodice, which bought for 50c at the opp shop, and the sleeves from McCalls 2197 (Same as the teal silk dress). I'll add the cuffs myself.
The pattern isn't the exact same as the Biba dress, but I'm not trying for an exact replication.
This will be the first time I have sewn with chiffon, so I'll also attempt French seams to keep them all neat and tidy. I've never done them successfully, so there will be lots of trial and error!
But before I start I might sew a few easy things, just to reassure myself that I do know what I'm doing and that I'm not some fashion designer wannabe and progressively freak out like someone on Project Runway.
|What will I sew?? Who will know?|