I ended up pulling New Look 6731 from my 2008 projects. Last spring I made the roll-collar version. Recently Kyle made her knit tunic with this pattern. Anyway, the fit is appropriately boxy and I used the hood from Simplicity 3694. It came together in under 3 hours, with various episodes of Law & Order running in the background, with one huge mistake but oh well, I like the dress anyway! LOL
Here we go:
First, about the fabric... It's a plaid fabric from my mom's stash, according to her from the 70's. She gave it to me last spring and I hadn't found quite the right project for it till now. I only had a yard and a few inches but it was 54" wide, so I had just enough for the dress and hood, and not even close to enough for sleeves. The lining is a beautiful, shiny purple charmeuse from the fabulous Micah. Thanks, girl! :)
Side note: It's interesting that my mother paid 99 cents a yard for this fabric 30 years ago. She still, in 2009, finds it hard to buy fabric for more than that. If you look closely in the photo, you can see the label underneath that shows a previous price of $1.99/ yard. At these prices, in 1970, I might think this is wool. Indeed, it doesn't smell like petroleum. But it is really coarse and kind of reminds me of those woven blankets for sale to tourists in Mexico (of which we own two). And some of the fibers seem shiny. So maybe some kind of cotton/ poly blend?
As for the patterns, I used New Look 6731 for the front and back bodice, remembering how easy it was to sew. The armholes in the last sleeveless version were snug so I scooped out the bottom of the armholes by 0.75". I also added 4" to the bottom hem b/c the original is tunic-length and I wanted a dress. I lengthened the hood from Simplicity 3694 by 1.5" because the neckline for this dress is lower than the dress the hood was designed to accompany.
Do you see what I see?
And it kind of pulls toward the back. What's up with that?
Wow, that armhole looks almost like a racerback.
This would be why. I didn't read the instructions, and assumed that the notches on either side of center back were for gathering. They are not! The notches are to line up with the roll collar that I didn't sew in this dress. Funny enough, the dress still fits well and is very comfortable. Plus, I already trimmed all the seams down and worry that trying to take this apart will create new, undesirable challenges. So off we go into the sunset!
Quick question for you: What is the difference between being inspired and mimicry? Esp. in clothing? Where or how do you draw the line? I've seen some designers post an inspiration photo of a garment and then a photo of the garment they came up with, often times nearly identical. I think that's what I've done here with this dress, but I'm not sure I'd call it "inspired by". It's pretty much a copy of. What do you think about the diff. between being inspired and copying?