I cannot believe I am making (and loving) a design from the 1970s.
What can I say – I love this pattern.
What I do not like is the required yardage. This one is a real fabric hog.
Should I ever come across ten yards of suitable fabric, I will definitely make up the full length version. Or maybe I should swap out another skirt.
I did shorten the skirt by a few inches, partly to save some fabric, and partly because as drafted it hits the leg in a bit of an awkward spot (it is considerably longer than the illustrations on the envelope would suggest).
I would love to see the original vintage pattern directions for the sleeve. This reproduction uses the sleeve seam as an opening, which places the button and loop closure inside the wrist. That is not the standard closure for any sleeve I have ever come across, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the reprint has been dumbed down and a dart or placket has been eliminated.
But other than that, I really do love the dress. It is just that I have learned so much about garment construction from vintage directions, and I wish that information was included with these designs - when I suspect it is not, I get cranky.
What would make me feel a whole lot better is finding ten yards of fabric to make myself another version!
Dress: Made by me, Simplicity 8013