I didn't want to try and copy a dress exactly but come up with a version I thought I could actually wear, and was rather attracted to the idea of a large collar as in the left hand image above. Burda 7178 looked pretty original to the 60s.
This was my first Burda pattern and you have to get used to the rather minimal instructions. I decided to use a ponte knit fabric for comfort. I had a few problems with the sizing (though I really liked the very full measurements Burda give). I made a lining which proved to be a bit tight, so I decided not to use it and couldn't be bothered to make another. (I should have noticed from this that the shoulders are far too wide but I didn't and even with using a 3/4" allowance on the sleeves didn't completely solve it).
So I went back to facings. The dress itself is too big (it would look great on someone with more curves).
The collar plus facings was a challenge and particularly difficult to fit at the top of the zip, but I love the collar at the back! You may be able to see that I had a bit of difficulty with the zip and facing at the back. So overall not my favourite make, but an interesting challenge. I hope I do get to wear it sometime, when I'm not sure.
I think I've had enough jersey for a while, as I just find that I can't get a really nice finish inside! I've got lots of plans though for a slip, emery dress, swing dress, more trousers, a blouse and I've two jumpers on the go and a Chanel style jacket, busy, busy!
I've was away for 3 nights last week. I spent two nights with my oldest friends Katie and Bob on the South Coast. As always when I visit them I had a great time. Katie has the most gorgeous garden.
We caught the bus to Brighton and felt smug to get upstairs front seats where the views were fabulous
We visited the Brighton pavilion
which was really interesting and rather crazy. The interior was absolutely over the top but very interesting.
Then I spent a night in London, here is my hotel
Only kidding! This was taken from the bus, couldn't possibly afford this and my own hotel was a bit of a dump! I was there to attend a conference but also managed to fit in my first trip to the V & A. The Coffee shop was suitably grand.
The main purpose of my visit was the Fashion exhibition which was wonderful. The condition of the gowns were fabulous and you couldn't believe the age!
You can never have enough knitted swimwear!
And my favourite a Dior New Look Suit (which was red rather than orange).
I can fully recommend the collection (and you can take photos!). Just wish I could catch the Italian fashion exhibition about the start.
So its been a busy couple of weeks. If you are a mum hope you had a lovely day yesterday, I did, be more of this next week. Must get off to bed now especially as the clock change is catching up with me. Have a great week.