Aaaages ago, I emailed Catherine from Sewing the 60s (one of my very favorite blogs) about collaborating on a twinsies project. I thought we could both sew the same pattern, but in different styles that would reflect our personal aesthetics. It can get sort of lonely in the vintage pattern world--no sewalongs, no new releases--so I'm always excited about things like the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge and other collaborative or community-building projects.
Catherine one-upped me and reversed my same pattern, different styles challenge, very generously offering to send along a few yards of this amaaazing 60s floral fabric that we could both use to create different dresses in the same material. Since there was only about 2 1/2 yards to begin with (I think) we both figured we'd make shift dresses. She cut hers out and sent along the rest to me, and then we both did some solid procrastinating. But at last, the dresses are here!
I have not seen her dress yet, nor has she seen mine, but I'm really thrilled about my final project, and I know she's pleased with hers as well!
The fantastic print and my fabric limitations inspired me to make a Lilly Pulitzer-style dress. She is most famous for her multi-colored shifts. To this day, Lilly Pulitzer (the company, the woman died in 2013) makes shift dresses with wild prints and often white lace trim; there are vintage examples on etsy here, here, here, here, and here. What luck that I had some white lace in my closet... on my pink shift dress! Since this dress never gets worn due to fit issues, I didn't feel bad stealing its trim. The trim on my dress is not exactly like any of the vintage examples, but definitely fits within the parameters.
|that blurry part was a GIANT bruise from donating blood, gross|
I used Simplicity 7194 from 1967 as the base of my dress. You may notice, however, that my dress looks basically nothing like the pattern illustration. I left off the sleeves, altered the front bodice to eliminate the pesky darts (like so), ditched the collar and placket... basically I just wanted a princess-seamed dress and this was the only one I had! I mentioned before that I spent ages searching for that perfect shift dress before realizing the look I was going for just didn't suit me. I still have some tweaking to do for this pattern (leave suggestions for fit improvements in the comments if you want!), but now that I have Simplicity 7737 for an a-line dress and Simplicity 7194 for a fitted sheath, I'm feeling confident about my "shift" dress options.
Check out Catherine's dress (and her great blog) here!
If you sew vintage, what sorts of community-building projects would you like to see? What would you add to the line-up that isn't yet there? Decades-specific sewing? Pattern-specific? More general?
ps: funnily enough, we also discovered that we had each independently purchased the same navy on white breton stripe from miss matatabi, as well, so... more twinsies in the future!
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