This is one of those projects that developed a life of its own.
I have been wanting to challenge myself with an unfamiliar silhouette - something different is always a bit scary, but also fun. The 1960s sack-back dress has always been intriguing, so I decided to try it.
If it was good enough for Lucy, it is good enough for me!
It takes a really fabulous design to make me purchase a pattern that is much too small. The idea of grading a pattern is not so fun when you want to start sewing. But this dress was worth the extra effort for me.
And then there were buttons to make, a belt, a bow, and it seemed silly not to complete the outfit with a hat. If I knew how to make shoes, I image I would have been cobbling away (can you cobble a shoe made of fabric?).
The chenille was a bit of a challenge to work with, but absolutely worth the extra effort in the end. One of these days I am going to have to get a walking foot and a needle board with all of the velvet and textured fabric I like to work with. Thankfully, I enjoy hand sewing/basting!
The day these photos were taken the wind would not let up. It is really unbelievable how those two combs kept my hat in place, and my hairspray was incredible. My hair was probably flammable for days afterwards, but what are you going to do? Which makes me think that the hairstyles of the 1960s, combined with all of those cigarettes, must have led to some hazardous situations!
Dress: Made by me, Simplicity 2577
Hat: Made by me, Butterick 4697
Purse: Banana Republic
[The fabric for this dress was received in exchange for my contributions as a Britex Guest Blogger.]