Well, I’ve got a new sewing project to share. Seems like I always gravitate toward those 1970s Butterick Young Designers, and this time was no exception. I was looking for a fairly straightforward shirtdress, and this pattern from Daniel Hechter fit the bill.
As with so many designs from the 70s, the collar looked huge in the drawing, so when I cut the piece, I made it considerably smaller. Still, after stitching up the thing, I still thought it was just too large. If you are a sewer, you know that at that point, the thing to do is to take the collar off and recut it. But after removing the collar, with the band still attached, I decided that I liked the look of the dress with just a collarband.
so a whole new look.
And here is the finished product. I didn’t make the self-belt. They always come off as looking too matchy-matchy for my taste. And I have about a dozen belts and scarves that will work nicely at the waist. When I think of chambray, I automatically think of red accessories, but what other color would make this look a little fresher?