The “Groovy Spring” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: Purple and green polyester: charity shop find, 2 yards for £3
Pattern: Simplicity 7120
Year: c. 1967
Notions: One long zipper: £2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes, but I need some go-go boots
Total Cost: ~£5
I’m back! A super big thank you to Meg for contributing last week! Isn’t she fab?
Can you believe this is my first time sewing with a pattern from the 1960’s? I had the perfect fabric for it–a great purple and green polyester. I had just barely enough to make the dress! I think it works perfectly with the pattern.
The interesting thing about shifting to 1960’s patterns is how much the ‘standard’ body proportions had changed in 30 years! In 1930’s and 1940’s patterns the proportions for a 36 bust pattern was a 30 waist and 39 inch hip measurement. By the time we hit 1967 the proportions for a 36 inch bust are a 28 inch waist and a 38 inch hip. Interesting how the waistlines changes to be a whole 2 inches smaller during that short amount of time!! I think I’ll still have to do a bit of fiddling with 1960’s (and probably 50’s and 70’s patterns too) to get the right fit. I had just barely enough fabric but I think if I made this again, I would let it out a bit in the hip area.
Hope you all had a groovy St. Patrick’s Day!!