But now I've finally gotten over my initial worries and have decided to try replicating a dress which seems to no longer exist except in books and memories.
Barbara had initially been asked by Felicity Green from The Daily Mirror to be featured in a piece on four career girls and Biba's postal service had piqued her interest.
Felicity asked Barbara if she would make up a dress for the feature and off the top of her head, Barbara suggested a pink gingham dress with a hole in the back and a matching Brigitte Bardot kerchief to be sold for the grand price of 25 shillings.
The dress was so successful that the 400 yards of fabric they thought would be enough, wasn't and they resorted to petitioning all the gingham manufacturers in England and actually ended up needing 25,000 yards!
To add to the madness, they offered their customers the opportunity to also buy a blue version of which they sold 5000.
Out of the 17,000 dresses ordered only 90 we're returned, but for such a low price and such a fresh new style, I cant blame all those ladies for not wanting to return their dresses
Despite being so many made, none of them seems to have survived, except for one of the kerchiefs which was displayed at the Biba exhibition in Brighton.
My version will also be in pink gingham which I purchased from Lincraft and I've decided to use Butterick 4712 as the base pattern, mainly because it also comes with a pattern piece for the collar.
The other elements of this dress are the hole in the back (which you can see in my version above) and two darts in the back, but I've decided to omit them as I don't generally like back darts on my shift dresses
And for the sake of continuity, I'll make the scarf as well, though I don't think I'll get to wear it much afterwards
I'm so excited to share this with you all! I haven't had a new dress on here for a while so it won't be long now till you can see my goofy modeling poses again soon.
On another note, I was invited recently by M&Co to write a few words on 60's fashion along with Lana from Style High Club. Pop over here to read the full post and see which 60s style dresses I picked from their catalog
Have a wonderful week readers!