The Keyhole Mod Mini | Adey Lim
Fabric: 2 metres home decor fabric from ikea $14 and remnant navy denim
Pattern: Simplicity 9014
Year: c. 1970
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~$14
1970s fashion always reminds me of the mod mini dresses worn by my mum and aunties in old family photos. Born in the early 70s, I chose a mod mini dress pattern from the year 1970 which was still pretty much influenced by fashion of the 60s.
I don’t usually buy 1970s patterns and probably have less than 10 of them in my stash. I tend to go through phrases in pattern buying, looking out for different elements that attract me and this particular one was bought at a time when I was into keyhole openings.
But upon closer inspection of the pattern and instructions, it was the side front pieces that caught my attention. I remember reading in fashion magazines that using a dark contrast on the sides of the dress creates an illusion and results in an instant slimming effect. I decided to try that out and was very pleased with the result. It was those side pieces that created shaping to the otherwise shapeless dress. No belts required too! Definitely a comfortable mod dress I would wear!
There were four front pieces, two back pieces, sleeves and facings in the pattern. Instead of using a belt buckle on the neckline, I sewed on a white button. The thickness of two layers of home decor fabric together with the heaviest interfacing, which I thought was necessary for the neckline to stand, made top-stitching difficult at the keyhole area and I wasn’t too pleased with how that looked close-up.
Nonetheless, I am always excited whenever I learn something new from a vintage pattern. They are my teachers really. This is the first time I have heard of and sewed a dart seam. I basically start by sewing a dart and continue to machine stitch a seam together all at one go. The result- the dart in the photo below and the coming together of the side front pieces and and center front pieces. Pretty neat!