Summer 1964–Now THAT’S A UFO

In one of the recent house cleanouts, I found a lovely bundle of fabric–Linen and butterflies.  How could I leave it?  It was so very pretty I set it aside, hoping there would be enough there to make something.

This last week I got the bundle out and unrolled it.  It had been cut, but the pattern pieces (not the pattern package) were still there.

A brief internet search showed me that Simplicity 5409 was this dress. Publication date 1964.

It was in a size I was certain would fit Daughter.  So, nothing to do but sew it up.

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Ta-dah!  A lovely summer shift.

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Only 51 years in the making.

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We had to add some darts to better fit Daughter’s shape, but overall I think the effect is lovely.

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UFO no more!

Refashion Runway: Plaid

Refashion Runway Season Two is underway,  and the challenge is plaid.

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Emma, a baby of my acquaintance, needed a new outfit and I had this shirt that came in a hand me down bag, but it didn’t quite fit.

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Please, can’t you do something about this?

She might have a point, it is a little big.

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Time to alter-with-scissors. I liked the idea of a short play dress using the front of the shirt for the back.

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The yoke became the bodice,  and the back of the shirt became the front of the dress.  Using the natural cut of the shirt gave a nice curved shape to the skirt. It seemed a bit plain, so I dug through my big pile of junk (odds and ends that I keep in a dresser drawer) and came up with eyelet.  A sweet, feminine touch.

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So, Emma, what do you think now?

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Time for the runway!

She likes it!  And that is what matters.

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Before….

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After….

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Refashioning is FUN!

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You can visit the Renegade Seamstress to see the other plaid refashions and, if you like, to VOTE on your favorite.  I am off to address the next challenge–Emerald Green.