The pattern I chose is McCalls 7086 which s circa 1963. When we think of the 1960s we think of the short dresses, white boots and Twiggy. This fashion did not appear until the mid 1960s though, prior to that the look was very elegant.
I chose to make the slim version of the pattern as it reminded me of the clothes worn by the women in my neighbourhood when I was a child
The fabric is a Viscose from Minerva crafts. Just look at the huge selection of viscose dress fabrics they have in stock Viscose dress fabrics There are plenty of colours and designs to chose from at very good prices.
This is my basket which I use to keep my cutting out and fabric marking tools in so that it is easy to carry to my dining room table which is where I cut my patterns out.
I like to use traditional methods where possible when making up vintage designs, so this dress called for tailors tacks.
The lining is a pale pink taffeta, a lined skirt hangs very well and it is worth the effort to put a lining in any straight skirt where possible.
Yes I did use my vanishing ink marker pen when marking the pleats on the bow. It is from jaycotts.co.uk Vanishing marker pen
I dd much pondering over the bow. In the original position it just did not look right on me , so I lowered the centre position to just above the waist seam.I also found the knot did not sit right, maybe it is because viscose fabric is soft and flowing, I feel that in a firmer fabric the bow would have sat as it shows on the pattern. I substituted the knot for a little tie and I am happy with it.
I normally use invisible zips,but they did not exist in 1963, so I used a lapped zip .This is the right side being stitched in place using a normal zipper foot.
The left side laps over the right side slightly covering the entire zip
I made some other adjustments to the pattern.First I chopped a good four inches off the hem..
My toille didn't look right at the back, so I removed the back darts completely adding two small pleats at the front matching up to the bust darts instead.
The picture shows the back being pressed.There is a slit in the centre back for walking ease.
I like the little tie on the bow, the knot just did not suit this fabric. dont be afraid to go where your fabric leads you!
and of course a vintage dress needs a cup and saucer, although I think they were rather smaller than mine in 1963.
Happy vintage tea-parties.
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