I had been working on it far too long for how simple it is, but with generally a little over 40 hours a week and still a modest social life... things don't get done quite as quickly as they did in college.
This pattern is loosely based on a dress featured in a Summer 1967 Simplicity Pattern catalog (see the "Modern Miss on the Move" photo. Originally, I had designed a built-up neckline for this dress and then decided I didn't like it. Instead, I created a semi-wide neck version.
I also decided last-minute while pattern making that I wanted a third color stripe. The result is slightly garish, but I am not afraid of that!
My design aesthetic is always vintage inspired, usually full of contrast colors, and simple silhouettes. This dress is quite indicative of what I do other than re-vamping fun vintage finds. I prefer simplicity versus over-designing and simple, washable fabrics. This dress is polyester (my favorite!) but I do wish that I had used a fabric with a very slight stretch for more mobility. That's not to say this dress is made wrong, just something to think about next time.
I've been designing and sewing for about 7 years now and even after all that personal experience I always find there is something you can improve even though you're super-excited about the results.
It's also fun without the belt, of course.
Oddly enough, after finishing the patterns and cutting the fabric out, I accidentally found this crazy-similarly designed sweater on Mary Tyler Moore!
Yep. Totally would wear this too.
On another note, that same Simplicity catalog recommends using scrap fabric to make these crazy-contrast sleeves! I think I might try this on something with color-complimenting patterns versus just solid fabric.
Sewing projects galore!
Space dress - designed/sewing patterns all by me.
Belt - thrifted
Shoes - DSW