Summer of ’69

Posted on | July 7, 2014 | No Comments



After a fairly tolerable June, Summer arrived in grand fashion last week in NYC with temperatures in the 90’s. For such occasions, the most I can imagine wearing is a comfortable dress. It’s easy to throw on and as I wait for the subway in unbearable conditions with sweat rolling down my face, at least I look cute doing it.


The pattern is Simplicity 1878 – the Lisette Diplomat Dress. I wanted a few shift dresses for the summer that had a nice shape with some interesting details and this one caught my eye. I liked that it had a few more details than a simple 60’s shift, but still had nice clean lines.


I found this tie-dye cotton poplin at Mood and fell in love. The fabric is perfect for this dress and has just a little bit of stretch. I’ve worn it twice already and it certainly passed the comfort test. It’s first outing was to a concert and Sean Lennon’s band was the opening act. Quite fitting for the debut of my 60’s inspired dress, no?


The pattern went together pretty easily, but I did need to make a few minor adjustments. According to the pattern envelope, I’m a size 12, but I don’t like how much ease is built into the big 4 patterns so I cut a straight size 10. I’m petite, so my biggest problem was the waistline and bust point didn’t hit anywhere near where they are supposed to. I took about 1/2″ length out of the top yoke section and another inch or so between the waist and yoke seam. I thought there was a problem with the sleeve cap at first, but it turned out to be poor sewing on my part. Sometimes I’m a little too eager sewing the sleeves into my muslin!


Overall, I love this dress! It’s comfortable, fits well, and works well for warm summer days. Typically, I don’t remake patterns, but I have the feeling this one will make it into a second or even third version. Maybe something in linen or solid black?


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