First, I want to thank all of you for your comments on my recent post about the terrible wildfire that burned our ranch. It’s still incredibly sad to look out over the burned pastures, destroyed homes and areas resembling moonscapes in my county. So many people were displaced and are rebuilding their lives, but my community and others nearby are doing all we can to help them. It’s just a sad disaster that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Happily, we were able to recover enough and return to normal life in order to go down south to attend Costume College, which was a trip that we had planned more than 8 or 9 months before. I will elaborate further on my CoCo experience in a later post, but for now I’m sharing this dress that I wore the first night to the Pool Party. The theme for this year’s CoCo was the 1960’s. This was the only 60’s outfit that I wore for the event, and is one I had planned out and sewn over a month before.
For this dress, the fabric came before the pattern. I saw this vintage fabric in my friend Melissa’s Etsy shop and just had to have it. It’s a vintage 60’s linen blend fabric. Melissa has many more vintage fabrics in her shop and it’s always fun to see the treasures that she’s found. This fabric feels like it might have some polyester in it, but after a wash and a burn test, it didn’t appear to have any synthetic fabric in it. It might have some cotton, although I’m not 100% certain. Whatever it is, it’s a lovely fabric and it worked well for this 1969 Jiffy reproduction pattern — Simplicity 1059.
I envisioned making a simple shift dress with this fabric. The thing is, it’s not really a style that I like very much. I considered buying a new pattern, but I decided that I would use this pattern instead. It’s a loose fitting dress and a bit fuller than a simple shift, with a sash that adds some shape. I made view B, which is a very quick sew. I probably would have sewn up view A with those glorious sleeves if I had had enough fabric to make it.
I used a vintage metal zip for this dress. It actually doesn’t need a zipper and I can easily pull it on over my head. If I make this pattern again, I would cut the back piece on the fold and eliminate that zipper. The sleeves are finished with rayon seam binding.
As I’m not a huge fan of plunging necklines, I wasn’t exactly certain what I was going to do with the deep V-neck on this pattern. I considered re-drafting the neckline and making it less of a V or adding a panel, but I decided to keep the design lines and come up with a way to wear it that I was comfortable with. After I made it, I asked my mom about that neckline, and she said that women would often wear a big necklace with it, so I got out this shell necklace from Tonga. I wear this dress with a camisole and that solves my modesty issue.
The fabric is not a tropical print, but it really looks like it could be one, even though it’s covered with non-tropical flowers. I think it’s the bright colors that evoke that tropical feeling and I was more than happy to go with that and add some tropical accessories.
This dress is extremely comfortable to wear. In fact, so comfortable that I think now that it’s been properly photographed, that I’ll be wearing it quite often around the house and probably only put that sash on when I go out in it.
Laddie snuck in to photobomb some photos.
This lovely vintage straw purse that I’m wearing with this dress used to have two cute little wooden bird pins on it (you can see the two in the photo at the end of this post), but the morning before I took these photos, someone broke one off and chewed it up ….. the culprit is in the photo above with me.
As I mentioned before, the necklace is from Tonga. The earrings are from my grandma’s jewelry box and are little apples with a carved scene inside. And there’s my cute little straw purse. The purse came in my Redbird Vintage Box last month and I thought it would be perfect for this outfit. I’ve been subscribed to the Redbird box for a few months now and always love to see what comes in it. I received that box on the day we returned home after being evacuated, so it was an extra special treat. If you’re interested in getting your own, I have a 10% code that you can use: TANYA10.
This last photo is from Costume College and is taken with my husband. He’s wearing a vintage aloha shirt that’s probably from the 70’s. 🙂
- Dress: Simplicity 1059 in vintage linen blend fabric, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
- Purse: Vintage from Redbird Vintage Box (my 10% code: TANYA10)
- Necklace: Vintage from Tonga
- Earrings: Vintage from my grandma
- Hair flower: VeeVee Vintage on Etsy
- Sunglasses: ModCloth