Forgetfulness is a strange thing -- I made this New Look 6344 Dress way back in September, and then forgot to blog or review it, and also forgot to wear it all winter once it got tucked away in a corner of my closet. I retrieved it today and wore it again, so thought it was also time to share it!
I found this wonderful vintagey pattern in a local thrift store, and thought that the shorter length would be perfect for a lightweight floral polyknit I found at Fabricland. I originally decided to make this dress as soon as I saw the fabric -- I was planning on going to an artist's talk by Amanda McCavour
for her beautiful installation at Gallery Stratford
-- thread work poppies, so gorgeous and peaceful.
When I saw this fabric I knew I had to make a matching dress! But there were only 3 days until the talk, so it had to be an easy to make dress. This 80s dress fit the bill.
It was a pretty straightforward sew. Even with the shorter length I had to shorten the skirt some more. Perils of being only 5'2". I left it a bit longer than I would usually though, as I liked the longer, flowier feel of this design. Of course I added pockets, with some seam tape along the edge of the pocket/skirt seam to reduce stretching.
It's then sewn together and an elastic casing formed from the waist seam allowance. Thread through the elastic, turn under & stitch the neckline and sleeve hems, and then leave the hem unfinished -- I couldn't face stabilizing all the very long hem and it looks perfectly fine unfinished. I like the easy way when possible!
|Such a full skirt :)|
In any case, finding something in your closet after 6 months which you've completely forgotten about means it's like a new dress :) I enjoyed rediscovering this colourful comfy dress today and also realizing that I could share it with you all. I hope you've enjoyed this little visit to a gorgeous art installation from September!
The dress looks great. I really love the style - so modern even though it is from the 80s!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It was easy to adjust it slightly to take out the 80s ease & make it look more currrent :) Not too much to change with this one.Delete
Perfect fabric for the event. Your dress looks great and love the shoes!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I love these shoes too :)Delete
Lovely dress, enjoy wearing it again.ReplyDelete
I will! It's actually very comfy.Delete
The poppies installation is fabulous. I think I had a dress from this pattern in the 80s. I definitely had the pattern. Nicely done!ReplyDelete
Yes, this artist is FANTASTIC! She has other threadwork exhibitions and always seems to be installing them somewhere. So beautiful.Delete
Yay for 80s patterns! I still have one pattern that I made way back then but don't know if it would translate well -- it's pretty 80s spectacular ;)