If I think feminine, stylish yet relaxed, I think of the 70’s (glam… not hippie) I remember my Mom looking so beautiful with Charlie’s Angels hair, a cognac boot and a wrap dress. That look has been simmering for years on the fashion scene but is now really making a comeback. I’ve also been trying for years to get it right.
Knipmode # 20 09/2013 – and the polyester sari dress
In 2013 I had planned, then made, a 70’s inspired V-neck dress with puffy sleeves. I used a sheer polyester sari with large flowers. The sleeves are unlined. I’ve never worn it as it’s too big, I really mind the gaping in the front, and I can’t be bothered to unpick the dress and lining for this one adjustment. Could I just take it in in the middle front? Or tuck it in a bit at the shoulder? Any ideas or advice?
the gaping V-neck….
the model photos
Knipmode # 15 02/2014 – and the lime dress with weird seam
In 2014 I had made a similar dress from another pattern using a lime viscose knit. And although I’ve worn it quite a bit, it has a major wonky-waistline issue. The waistline, oh so straight on the technical image, turned out really bizarre, “M” shaped. It turns out it was strange on the model photo, but because it’s dark brown you don’t notice, yet brightened on photoshop you do, I had hoped it was just poorly fitted… I usually wear it with a belt to conceal the wonky waistline, but should really sew it in place so it doesn’t slide down. I also added long cuffs as the 7/8th sleeves looked like a mistake. I’ve worn it quite a bit, especially in 2014 when I was nursing.
I still enjoy it, the light viscose knit being pleasant to wear.
the wonky waist seam…
Remix of above patterns
2019. Recent serendipitous circumstances made a dream come true, and I’m the ecstatic owner of a Chloé bag. So the whole suave and elegant 70’s style has caught up with me again, and I desperately want to create a new wardrobe around that bag. I’m in love.
Inspiration: V-neck, slight drape, flowy light fabric, long puffy sleeves, 70’s, Chloé…
So here’s the latest dress, where I basically redrafted something based on the two above patterns.
The fabric is a light viscose knit I found in my local fabric shop Fairy Tailors.
For once I’m satisfied with something I’ve sewn, and I wear it often. Thanks for reading!