1960's Retro Dress
My inspiration from the dress actually comes from the dapper days going on at Disney.
What is Dapper Day?
DAPPER DAY is an Event that celebrates the tradition of "stepping out in style" and is meant to showcase you at your best. It does not aim to recreate a specific period. All sophisticated attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks.
I found this fabric at a local shop here in town and had to buy it. It has just the right amount of 60's retro I needed.
The pattern I decided to use is Simplicity 1609.
The pattern had this fun little information about the 60's style that it pulls from.
One thing that confused me was that it both had two number one pieces. After a few minutes I figured it out. The pattern pieces were different. One was for sizes 16 and 20; and the other 14, 18 and 22.
After I cut the pattern out I needed to put in the darts that it called for. The front piece for the dress called for two darts and the back piece called for two also.
I've never put darts into a dress, so this was a learning experience for me.
Miss Teresa explained to me that it's pretty easy to do, and for darts to mark where the circles are at it's handy to do a tailor tack.
Tailor Tack: a basting stitch taken with a double thread through two pieces of fabric and then cut apart with large loops being left in each piece for marking seam lines and perforations.
After I put all the tailor tacks into the dress, I basted the area's where I would need to sew the dart up.
Below is one of the completed darts sewn together.
After I sewed up the front part of the dress and attached the back pieces at the shoulder seams, I had to attach the front facing and back facing .
Once I sewed that at the neck & arm holes I had to turn the facings inside out .
The zipper was basted in , and then sewn to give it the invisible zipper effect.