Sunday, January 9, 2011

Short Colonial Dress

 My brother Jeff and I, 1996  
 Over Christmas break, I sewed this lovely little dress from Simplicity's New Look Pattern 6567. I made it in a size 12, probably could have made a 10 but better a little big than too small. The pattern is very simple and easy to follow. I completed the dress in just 2 days.  The length is perfect on me, although I did add 3/4 of an inch to the waist length because my torso is a bit longer than average. I will probably wear it with a belt or sweater to create the hourglass shape which I like so much. I love the floral pattern, so bright and joyful.

The sleeves are my addition to the pattern. I've always loved circular sleeves since I was a little girl. Felicity was my first American doll and my mother made me dresses like her. These aren't traditional circular sleeves because I ran out of fabric. Rather I gathered a rectangle to give the sleeves fullness.