Vintage 1967: Simplicity 7147 Back in the Zone
I’ve done a re-do for the photos of my vintage Simplicity 7147 and I like these much better. So as not to have a disappointed little girl worried that she’d been fired forever as a photographer, we told Guinevere she could do a “training session” on photo-taking for Daddy. Her first advice to him was to make sure to try to get my head and my feet in the pictures (gotta start with those basics).
You know how on “Next Top Model” they will tell the girls that they are lousy models when they have to tell them how to pose for every shot? Yeah, I’m a lousy model, especially with being self-conscious about this dress after the first pictures. Pete had to give me pose ideas.
In one aspect this dress was a bit of an experiment. It’s a 1/2 size pattern w/ a 41 inch bust…and I didn’t alter it at all. I can see where I maybe would benefit from taking it in just a little beneath the bust/at the underarm area (which is what the directions state to do if planning to make a sleeveless version; though, I obviously missed that until I’d already finished that step). I’d have to pin it to check first, but maybe it could also be taken in a bit down through the waist, measuring the flat pattern, it seems it was designed with 7 inches of design-ease through the waist. Otherwise, this dress the best fitting make I’ve had in years without doing an FBA. Seriously, go back and look at that first picture and you will see that the dart is pointing exactly where it is supposed to. My theory is that I should be able to use some of these vintage 1/2 size patterns and take in a little through the center back rather than taking a modern misses size and having to FBA and shorten here and widen there and generally rework each and every piece before I cut into the fabric. Even if my theory doesn’t work out to be entirely true, I’ve now got a dress with bows up the back, so I still win. 🙂