I used the Licorice dress pattern from Collette’s Sewing Handbook, but I modified it to the point that it is unrecognizable. I used heavy fabric rather than the light fabric that was suggested (risky!), I omitted the lining because the fabric I used was so thick, and I omitted the sleeves and the collar. I had all of the pieces cut, and I actually intended to make the sleeves and collar, but once I had them pinner to the dress, the fabric made them way too bulky and 1970’s for my taste. For the record (1970’s pun!) I love retro-inspired clothes, but they still have a modern twist or else you end up looking like you are in costume.
This is the pattern that I used for reference:
Just like the Crepe dress, as soon as I started cutting, I thought, “what am I doing??? This is going to look awful! Why do I have to be drawn to such crazy patterns???” But again, I stuck it out, and I love the result! I actually haven’t even had time yet to try on the dress to make sure that it can fit over my bum (might be a problem considering how fitted the dress is) but I am so happy with how this turned out! This was the first time that I used this pattern, but it will not be the last. I’d love to make another shift in heavy material like this, but I would also like to eventually try to use the pattern as it was intended: soft fabric, lining, sleeves and collar. The only thing I plan on not doing is adding the elastic to the sleeves. I think it would be fun to leave them free flowing. I could also see leaving the sleeves free flowing, adding the collar and shortening the dress just a bit to make it a tunic. So many possibilities! :)
***Also, I used my sewing machine to put in the zipper and add the bias tape! Yay!