Project: Chambray skirt
Pattern: Simplicity 5723
Size: 14 1/2
Fabric: 100% cotton from stash
Some projects just don’t turn out like you planned. Agreed? This is one of those
It being summer and my requiring appropriately-pocketed dresses had me perusing sewing blogs for inspiration. I found this 1964 vintage dress pattern at A Dress A Day, and it looked perfect–not too full, waistline seam, cap sleeves. All I had to do was add some pockets, which I’ve done plenty of times.
An Etsy vendor offered the pattern in my size and I quickly clicked “Add to cart”. When it arrived, I *knew* I had found the holy grail of summer dresses.
When something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is, right?
The completed dress was the most unflattering rag I have put on in a long time! I joke about having prison matron tastes, but that dress was beyond anything even *I* could consider wearing outside my sewing room. Though it looked a lot like the vintage Vogue 7618 dress I made a while back, it was much less flattering thanks to the higher neckline and the plain chambray fabric.
The offensive beast didn’t hit the trash can immediately because I loved the skirt! Like any sewing wo/man with a sharp seam ripper, I considered the options: I could recut the bodice from a flattering pattern. I could modify the neckline. I could sew on a scarf to decorate the boring neckline.
In the end, the easiest thing to do was to simply cut off the bodice and let it be a skirt.
Now I’m back on the hunt for a summer dress pattern with pockets. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.