Hello! Guess what? I finally have something new to show you!
It's been a little while since I posted a new dress, so thank goodness it's a super happy bright one! Are you excited to see it?
My mum had the below Simplicity pattern from 1975 and I always remember it from her collection. I didn't take it with me when I moved out of home but a random mini 70's obsession prompted me to go find it on Etsy.
I didn't even notice in the product description that the straps and facings were missing, so a quick call to mum and now I have both patterns!
While looking for inspiration to name this dress I found this image - Obviously I went with a different name, but I thought I should leave it here... Similar non?
|Mr. Freedom Range :: Models Endy Cartnell, in a spotted sundress and hat, and Selina, in a striped sundress and bolero with 1950's jewelry / King's Road, Chelsea, London, April 1973|
I started working on this at the Sydney Spoolettes sewing day. I got through about 80% of the dress and had to go home.
That was about a month ago, and all I had left to do were the buttons down the back and the straps.
The actual dress was also too big so I had to take in a bit as well around the bust, but not after I'd already done the facings and the nice top stitching.
But finally after all of that mucking about, I have a lovely sunny frock and on the first real summer day that hits, this lovely girl is going to be out and about!
The back of the dress is where all the business is - Crossed straps and buttons!
I'll have to walk into rooms backwards it's that amazing!
The fabric by the way is from Lincraft, my least favourite sewing supply place, but for some reason they had a bunch of nice floral fabrics, which I bought quite a bit of and you'll of course get to see them all!
The only tiny issue was with the front buttons.
The buttons on their own weren't very strong and with only a small amount of dancing around the house, pulled the straps up and away in a very awkward way.
So I attached a hook and eye to anchor the strap to the dress a little better. This is much more effective as it pulls the dress up if the straps start to slip to the back
Also the marvellous ruffle at the back! How nice is it?
Makes you want to dance!
Over all quite a fun dress! So happy and sunny don't you think?
Another rather exciting thing happened recently, Betty Magazine in the UK invited me for an interview on their blog. (For my Australian readers, Betty is quite similar to Frankie and Peppermint). You can see the whole post here if you like!
In addition, I have actually done more sewing then this over the past months. There are two other dresses ready to post, but I had the help of Leesa from Makers Society to take some lovely outdoor photos so hopefully they will be up here for you soon!
Well thank you for popping in my lovelies, enjoy your week and I hope Monday is kind to you