Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Bell Sleeve Dress Finished
Whoever had this Simplicity 6634 before me never used it. It's been waiting forty-five years...time to get made!
It did indeed turn out a little on the outrageous side, but I knew it would when I bought the fabric (a rayon challis). I put it on after gardening yesterday to lounge in and it was incredibly comfortable - very soft and flowing.
When I modeled for my husband he laughed and said I looked like I fell right out of the sixties. Some 60's fashions can slip by easily these days without a second glance. This one definitely screams 60's.
Because the dress has facings instead of a hem I had to shorten the pattern before cutting. Those 60's patterns! - they show short and mini dresses on the envelopes, but unless you're tall they're all way too long. I shortened this one by about five or six inches. I also shortened the sleeves since I wanted them to be below the elbow and not long.
It ended up being about an inch shorter than I had anticipated but that's ok. It went together with no problem. I did lower the front neckline about an inch. I thought it was too high and a little choking -- I often lower the high round necks on 60's patterns. The only difficulty I had was at the side seams. I seem to have gained a little weight this past year?! -- I need to keep this in mind when I use my 32 bust patterns. I always add a little to the waist and hip on them...it seems I need to add more.
I just shot this photo before posting this so you could see what this dress looks like on. Ignore me and look at the dress! I was laughing at stupid stuff my husband was saying - and my hair is crazy because right after the photo I took the dress off and put on something else so I could go get a haircut.
I really am loving these 60's dresses!