|I made View 2 sleeveless, size 12, 34" bust|
I wore this to a family birthday (it was summer and 40C) and mum took one look & knew the era I was unashamedly revisiting.
|The collar in its full 1976 glory|
|Basted and pinned to check for fit|
|a detail of the sleeves; |
I love the simplicity of the vintage single size pattern with its marked stitching line, anatomical and cutting details
|The original pocket pattern piece, my extended piece, and at the top, the new placement|
|I also love vintage patterns for their illustrated instructions. Lots of basting.|
I took great delight in putting the buttons & buttonholes just where I wanted them. I also deliberately chose to place my buttonholes in the horizontal axis. I know there's often debate about strain and vertical versus horizontal buttonholes - I believe the conclusion is that horizontal are for coats, while are vertical for shirts as shirts are tucked in. I don't tuck shirts or shirt dresses in, so there's little vertical pulling, which allows me to choose horizontal placement.
I also like horizontal as it gives me a smidge more stretch between different bras without gaping, and I dislike the bulge of strained vertical buttonholes.
And in the instructions for this 1976 shirtdress pattern? it opts for horizontal "worked or machine" buttonholes as well ;)
The just-above knee hem transformed this from 'frumpy summer sack' to 'cute summer vintage dress' and it's a great length for ease of wear. The big, double folded 70's hem gives a nice weight too. - Jillian, I like a 38" length!
My buttonholer preferred the three layers too ;)