Hello there! Hows your weekend going?
My version of Simplicity 3833 for Rosie Wednesday's shift dress sew along is complete! I did take some progress photos, but I lost them whilst I was switching to my new phone so I don't have them to share! They could always be buried in a folder in my computer somewhere...
Anyway! I took a little trip to the city today and had some luck at both the record and vintage stores so I thought I'd share with you what I got.
There's a really neat store called C's Flashback which is my favourite second hand clothing store to visit. Their prices are really reasonable too which is good for me.
They import a lot of their stuff from the US, so you end up with some really interesting stuff. When I was about 17 I got myself a Boy Scouts of America shirt from there with all the merit badges still on it. I still have it but it's far too small to wear now.
C's also had some really gorgeous 60s evening gowns there today, but I walked away with this smart 70s polyester shirt dress.
It's weirdly proportioned though. Really small hips and a very large bust area. I tend to find a lot of vintage clothes in my size have this sort of issue. Perhaps women had different proportions then?
Anyway, the good thing about this dress is that it has a whole 2.5cm of ease! Normally you would sew a dress with 1.5cm of ease, so I plan to unpick the seams and refit it for my own measurements
I think the dress is handmade too, so perhaps the seamstress just liked to sew generous seams? But I like they the have bound the raw edges with some sort of mesh fabric - a neat little idea! Kind of like a Hong Kong seam but with mesh instead of bias.
And I also managed to finally find a record that I've been after for awhile - Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman'. I always seem to miss out on this one, so it was good to finally get it. And I also picked up the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra. Totally different to my other musical choices!
I really love ELO. I hope I'm not the only one!
Whats a band that you love that's a little off kilter to your normal tastes?
See you tomorrow with photos of the new shift dress!