Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dress #24 -- Simplicity 7583 (1976)

Hey! St. Anne has come down and put her blessing on me because I actually made another dress! I made it from leftover fabric in my stash so the fabric choice may not be "era appropriate", but this one I really just made for fun:

I've never made a dress this late in the 1970s -- the collar/facing instructions were rather different from anything I've ever done. I was a bit confused at first, but once I realized what was going on it was simple as a pimple! The back shoulders has a yoke and there is some gathering above and below the yoke, but besides that this dress is essentially a muumuu that is sewn straight up the sides -- armholes and all:

There's no zipper or buttons -- it pulls on over your head very easily. Belting it pulls it in and gives it that "dirndl"-style gathered waist that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s:

I really didn't think I was going to like it and I really did just make it as a bit of a joke in that fabric and all....but I really like it! It's actually flattering, it fits perfectly, and it's incredibly comfortable! I might make it again in safari kakhi ;)

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