Thank you for all your comments on my last post, I'm feeling much better about my choice. I've decided to put my the chiffon frock away for a bit until I feel ready to sew it again.
It's not often that I completely feel the need to just stop a project, even at work or in regular life situations. Normally I have the energy and drive to be able to complete projects and deal with any little pains that come up, but not this time!
It's probably something as silly as the hot humid weather we're having, exhaustion from work or distraction from watching the Olympics that's making this dress less interesting. Combine all of that with something as tricky and fiddly as chiffon and well it's a drag. I hope that explains whats going on in my dear little head!
To get myself back into the right frame of mind and refresh my 60s love, I've been spending lots of time of Etsy looking at fun 60s frocks, trawling through my Pinterest pins and visiting my favourite place for ideas - Vintage Pattern wiki!
I also created a separate Pinterest board for sewing patterns only, so they aren't all mixed up in fashion, sewing and private boards.
One particular image which I pinned not too long ago, came back to my attention whilst going through my pins
This photo of a "Flower child"couple at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1967 really captured my imagination. The girls dress with ruffled sleeves and hem is so attractive to the sewing the 60s part of my mind. Her bag, that giant flower and the boys outfit complete a look which I just can't forget!
I posted this same image on Instagram and one of my followers happened to come across an image of the couple from the front in a book they just happened to be reading!
|Image from Stratostreakvintage's Instagram|
Although both their faces are obscured, the girl looks a little to me like Charlotte Martin, who at the time was dating Eric Clapton. Hence the name of this dress.
Cream did actually play at the Festival of the Flower Children, though his outfit photos from the event don't match the boys, so I think this couple are just well dressed doppelgangers!
What do you think?
If I could get a hold of a pattern tomorrow, I'd probably use this one to replicate her dress.
But then again, it is simply a shift dress for the bodice. The sleeves as well as having ruffles, also flare out slightly. These should be easy to do myself - though I've never sewn ruffles onto a sleeve so I'll definitely show you my progress on that.
I'll probably use my faithful old shift dress pattern as the base as I know it fits and what modifications I can make to it without a fuss.
The fabric I will use is this patterned cotton from Fabric.com called Dear Stella Hadley Paisley Atlantic - long name but gorgeous print!
The repeat at large gives a different look than close up - less green with warmer colours. To me it has a sort of Indian feel - kind of like the arches you see in the Raj's palaces!
The fabric is actually a quilting cotton so I had to order more than my standard 2 meters, but I'm glad I got it even if I had to pay more, cause I'm really in love with this print now!
So that's what I'll be working on this weekend - this time with renewed excitement, passion and energy to actually finish it!
What do you currently have in your sewing machine? Or where is your favourite place to renew your spirit for the things you love? Share it with me in you comment!