Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Having previously blogged about my seventies patterns I have taken a closer look at my favourite one. I realised that the instructions were missing but quite oddly the bottom half of the pattern is also missing! I have the bodice front and back and the sleeves but no waistband or skirt. Now you would think that would be enough to put me off and make a start on one of the other lovely patterns but oddly enough it made me want to make it more! What is life without a challenge.
As quite a novice dressmaker I thought my best bet was to use an amalgamation of patterns I already own. Bear with me... there is some method in my madness!
Above is the only illustration I have of the original pattern (is there a proper technical word for these thumbnails? I would love to know it if there is). I have all the pattern from above the waistband up.
For the waistband I have used the one from View A from this modern pattern. Urban Rustic made a lovely version of this dress with the fancier neckline you can just see on the right but I haven't been brave enough to tackle it yet!
I want to keep the central seam on the skirt. Most skirt patterns understandably don't have a central seam as they are cut on the fabric fold so it was quite hard to find a pattern that didn't do this. I decided to use View B of this sundress. It meant I had to draft a waistline which I did by copying yet another pattern. Too many patterns spoil the broth? We will see.