Patten: Simplicity 8889 (Printed in 1970)
Fabric: Black cotton with flowers running down it
What, a dress that ISN’T too tight? One that allows me to eat as well as breath? Can it be so? Apparently it can, if Simplicity 8889 has anything to do with it.
I actually made this dress as a wearable muslin to try out this pattern that I found in my Nan’s horde. I want to make a dress in cream and navy silk (finally giving in to the colour block trend) and just wanted to test out the proportions of the princess seams. This is completely different to what I normally wear, it would appear I have an obsession with defining my waist, but I actually rather enjoy the floaty-ness of it. Plus this pattern has my Nan’s handwriting and notes all over it, which is adorable. I love that I’m the same size as all of her patterns and clothes. The best part of that being I don’t have to share with my sisters who aren’t!
I chopped off quite a bit of the length so I didn’t feel too much like I was wearing a muu-muu, and deepened the neckline slightly. I also omitted the facings and the zipper after doing a ‘Mena Test’ to make sure I could get the thing over my head.
Clearly I’m going to have to move the bust darts down a bit (sob). Seriously, I’d like to meet the woman in 1970 whose breasts sat this high, obviously she never run for the bus (or even walked fast). Or maybe I’m just ‘low bust challenged’. Despite this, I really like the detailing at the bust, which is visible if you squint really hard.
The best part of this dress is that everything came from my stash (which qualifies me to do some fabric shopping right ; )? ), it was super dooper quick, and really easy –that is unless you accidently sew the princess seam wrong three times. That’s what I get for deciding to make a dress at 11:30pm apparently. Regardless, horrah, new dress!
Oh P.S. Please ignore Grug hair in last photo, I really, REALLY need to trim my fringe. It is taking overrrrrrrr! Happy sewing : ) Bry xo