When I was a young lass at university I made myself a couple of shift dresses. When I bought this vintage polished cotton, I though it would suit the style - it's kind of crisp, so it wants a design that needs fabric with a reasonably firm hand.
New look 6909:
So it was a little bit of a trip down memory lane sewing this dress. Only it wasn't - because when I was a young newbie sewer I did not
a) preshrink fabric
b) neaten seams
c) hand stitch hems
d) use interfacing
e) fit, tissue fit, or muslin
f) use invisible zippers
i) add wearable ease - I would have made this fitted, no, bursting.
Yes it's a wonder I wore anything at all that I made. And what's more I was SO proud of my efforts. Now I would be tsk tsking and saying as I examined a seam, "well, the main thing is that you enjoyed yourself making it."
At any rate, here it is. I have mixed feelings about it. It's very comfortable, easy to launder, with big slouchy side pockets and it's easy to wear. The print is pretty - but the thing is, it's really hard to find things to wear it with. Wear it with black and it's too hard, it's too busy with most things, and it looks silly belted (I tried) and silly with a necklace (yes I tried that too.)
The slanted pockets:
Maybe my mixed feelings come from my husband after he said, " you look like you're wearing one of those old house wives' aprons."
I'd be the first to say, "don't let anyone dictate taste to you," but it's hard to be convinced when someone else has doubts.
So then I thought, "what would Burda do?" They'd put a faux fur waistcoat over the top and accessorize with a big shiny patent leather bag and bracelets. Maybe I'll go there - maybe not.
Do you remember with fondness any of your early sewing efforts?