Thank you for all your lovely words about Mum’s wardrobe. She’s been wonderful to me and my family and while these styles aren’t exciting fashion, this is what works for her and I know her grandkids will be proud to have her looking special at their weddings. That’s enough tears from me.
It was worth trying this dress style with Pitt Trading remnant fabrics I still have, while I couldn’t work on Mum’s outfits last month.
I’ve made View B without the centre back split. This pattern needs lots of ironing and clipping when making up the sleeves. This style is basically a sack dress with interesting sleeves. Correction: What I mean is there’s no waist, bust or hip shaping required. That’s got to be a bonus for lots of fast and furious sewers.
I’ve used more of the Pitt Trading $20 remnants garbage bag for this dress so I didn’t feel precious about making this version up. I also used an animal print remnant for the belt as an option. The gathers at the neckline aren’t as obvious as the picture on the envelope but there are gathers.
Yes. It’s winter and I’m very pale. I really do need to iron this dress again. If it wasn’t so cold, I would have worn this to the hens night on the weekend. Yes, my middle name is chicken. I have another Cynthia Rowley (2497) in the pipeline and it’s also very forgiving like this style.
Below is the 1970’s Batman tv series angle. Oh to be Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon never realised Batgirl was his daughter but Alfred knew.
Lately, a couple of local fabric retailers kept giving me extra fabric for free.
The owner who normally takes no prisoners at MyHung Parramatta gave me an extra 1.5m of knit fabric for Mum’s knit tops just to get rid of the roll end. I was short (don’t laugh) by 60cm for sleeves for Mum’s second knit top so I asked for 1.5m (for a 3rd top) and there was .5 left on the roll piece with my original piece. There was a separate 1.5m piece rolled on the roll so I ended up with 2m for free.
Then, I managed to get to Pitt Trading and Sylvia threw in a remnant piece as well as the roll end (1m) and an end of roll piece for me as well. Fabric stash busting won’t happen this year.