July 9, 2013This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! 70s Sundress Edition
by Betty Crafter
Anyone remember how last week I was musing on summer sundresses I wanted to sew? Well I buckled down and started putting together this 1970s sundress in this ikat fabric:
It’s always a bit frightening ordering fabric on the internet, but I am quite pleased with this! It’s got a lovely drape that I think will be perfect for this dress. As soon as it came in the mail I got right down to business cutting out all the pieces.
One thing I was not quite as pleased with, however, was the discovery of 2 missing pieces in my pattern! The pockets and front underarm facing are missing. Bummer! I was not about to skip the pockets because who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?? I decided to live on the wild side and try to wing it. I drafted my own pockets based on the picture on the instructions and some loose measurements. I basically freehanded them. Badly.
One thing I didn’t take into account in my very precise drafting methods (ha!) was the way they would lay. I failed to remember that pockets should go a bit down so my pockets are going to go straight out which might end up being a bit awkward.
Oh well – onward with confidence! Next I attacked a process that I mightily dread – buttonholes. Maybe it’s my 60 year old clunky attachment, maybe it’s my execution, but my buttonholes always end up puckered and sad. This time I practiced on scrap fabric and things didn’t turn out too terribly bad:
So far so good! I also winged the front underarm facing. It looked to me like the back underarm facing would work pretty well in that spot so I just cut more of that piece. It looks decent. Now I’m well into putting together the yoke and so far no more big catastrophes! Here’s hoping no more pieces turn up missing and that the thing ends up flattering. So far it’s looking like a bit of a mumu. I’m counting on that drawstring belt to work for me!