I was actually quite surprised to be invited to the great series Vintage May - hosted by the two lovely ladies Jess from Craftiness is not Optional and Kristin from Skirt as Top.
I consider myself having a fairly modern/contemporary style but I certainly do have some vintage elements mixed into my style and I will forever be a shirring and puff sleeve lover, ha.
And being surprised by the invite did not mean that I even for a second considered turning it down.
No, I was certainly honored to be in such good company! Have you checked the posts so far?! Holy smokes....amazing!
I made the pattern for my spring/summer 2007-collection when I had my women's line in Denmark and it has since been one of my favorite designs (with some help from the vintage dress - thanks vintage dress for being made with 100% polyester so I felt the need to make a new one, ha).
Here is a close up of the neckline. I think this is what you call smock - because it is not made with elastic bobbin thread. My version is shirring and the elastic is pulling the neckline apart - which actually ended up with a design that I like better than the original. It makes it a bit more feminine.
When I start drafting a pattern the design usually takes a few twists and turns before I am finished which for me is all part of the fun. Sometimes things change because of technical difficulties/challenges , other times because of new ideas along the way.
I actually changed a detail for this version. I normal have a Mandarin type of collar like the original but decided to draft a narrow fitted band instead, so it looks like the bias tape from the front goes all the way around. I really like that new little addition.
Here is a closer look of the neckline and front.
I am absolutely obsessed with this French blue/cream stripe cotton from Fabric Mart.
I would probably not have thought of making this dress in this fabric without the Vintage May invitation and I am sooooo happy I did.
This is not the first time I blog about this pattern but it is the first time I am showing a woman's version that I have sewn.
I have made several kids' versions HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Both as a shirt dress and shirt. I do also have a woman's version of a shirt but have never showed it on this blog....yet.
Sorry for the above photo but I could not help myself.
My husband walked by when I was editing the photo, did sort of a quick stop and asked "is that you???"
I did not ask him if that was meant in a good or bad way, no reason the destroy the illusion, right!
Don't forget to hop over to my good friend Celina's blog Petit a Petit and Family. She is also posting for Vintage May today and you do not want to miss it!
Thank you again Jess and Kristin for inviting me!