Monday, June 24, 2013
A Mod Shift?
Do you ever surprise yourself by buying a pattern that's out of your usual comfort zone? On a trip to Joann's yesterday, I completely gravitated toward Simplicity 1609, a reissue of a 60s shift dress. It was a "Jiffy" pattern, one of their quick and easy designs. I don't usually go for 6os Mod, or even shift dresses. But this one has some really promising design features.
First: darts! I really can't wear a shift dress that doesn't have any sort of shaping (unless it's a nightgown). This design has both bust darts and French darts for shaping, giving waist emphasis. Secondly, they give you two neckline variations: a bow and a scalloped Peter Pan collar. Adorable.
I plan to make up the bow version in this black and white plaid. Very Peggy Olsen, don't you think?
If you're usually a 40s or 50s girl, the shift (ha!) to mod style can be perplexing. But no reason not to try it, right? If it works out, it could be the perfect "throw on" summer dress!
P.S. The 10% sale in my fabric shop ends at the end of the day today. Enter code ROSESGALORE to get your discount!