When I was a middle teen, one of my favourite things to do on a quiet Saturday winter afternoon was watch Doris Day movies and catch reruns of Marlo Thomas in That Girl . I loved Marlo, she was cute and feisty, sort of an edgier Sally Field, but a decade later. My latest make is channelling my inner Marlo! As a shorter than average woman, I have always liked those late sixties belted shift dresses, with the fake-ish dropped waist and so here is my homage to that style (forgive my daughter’s unmade bed!) 🙂
The pattern is the Port Elizabeth top (lengthened obviously), it is a free pattern drafted by a seamstress that I downloaded from Burdastyle here and has become one of my TNT patterns, both as a top and a dress (4 tops and 3 dresses to be precise). Amateur patternmakers rule!!!
From the side, you can see I extended the belt only part of the way around the rear, this was to avoid it catching on chair arms and the like, I added the buttons much to my daughter’s chagrin, I apparently put too many random buttons on stuff 😛 I am really happy with it, is this style too young for a 52 year old woman? Don’t know, don’t care, I just know that I feel happy when I am wearing it and that is a mighty big box to tick in my view 🙂
My next dress will use the same pattern, but I will add sleeve length for winter and make the neckline higher so I don’t need a skivvy underneath. I bought this beautiful wool, viscose and elastane (I think) from Knitwit in Nedlands (here) it is quite heavy and drapes beautifully, lovely and warm for winter , the colours are slightly brighter than this photo and I am hoping I have enough left over for a small infinity scarf to brighten up any dull, winter colours
Lastly, I need some advice… this dress just doesn’t suit me. The fabric is a soft viscose, nylon blend and feels lovely, therefore, I would like to refashion rather than give the dress to charity. Despite the “smile for the camera”, I think I look like a clothed potato in this, it clings to all the wrong places and I feel very lumpy and self conscious in it, I think I have worn it out once in 4 years- what a waste! I make no apologies for the graininess of the pics, believe me, more definition you don’t need!!!
So, suggestions everyone? I am thinking a top and skirt, but I am not sure there is enough fabric and think maybe I should use the top fabric for gore inserts to make the skirt swing, that would leave the cowl to be worn as… a cowl- whaddya think peeps?
Let me know pleeeease?!