After procrastinating for months, I’ve finally finished the 1965 dress taken from a pattern I found in an antique shop. I last posted about this project here. At that point I’d sewn the mock-up and ironed the fabric for the actual dress. And now it is finished! Just in time to wear for what remains of summer.

Construction

For this 1965 dress I chose to combine two different views of the dress, the short sleeves of one, and the front ribbon detail of two.

The fabric I chose was a floral stretch poplin, purchased from MoodFabrics. With just the right amount of stretch, I figured this fabric would be comfortable for summer wear. Since the mock-up went well, I didn’t expect too many problems with the final version, and except for the expected zipper issues (will a zipper I sew ever line up perfectly?), there weren’t many.

Bodice

The bodice had the usual shaping darts for the bust and waist. The sleeve had some slight gathering that gives a little poof. They were pretty easy to set in and I went with an invisible stitch for the hem.

I’m getting far too proud of my invisible hem stitching!

This is the best collar I’ve ever done. Look at how sharp the seam between the bodice and inner facing is! The facing is tacked at the shoulder seams.

Skirt

The piecing of this skirt is different from any I’ve sewn before. Instead of having the front and back pieces joined at the sides, this skirt features a seam running down the front piece 3/4 of the way from the side. This is probably the largest design feature of a dress that is relatively simple. Over this seam a ribbon is stitched, for which I chose a color-matching velvet ribbon with a medium pile. The other design feature is a back vent at the hem.

(Do forgive the use of lace instead of a proper belt. Still looking for the right one!)

A nearly invisible hem; close enough.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m satisfied with how this dress turned out. In terms of complexity, its nothing the seasoned seamstress can’t handle. The fit is pretty good, just a little loose at the waist (a belt will help). The bodice fits really well, and since this 1965 dress pattern is graded for petites, the length is perfect (not something I can often say).

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