I buy 60s (and early 70s) shift dress patterns. I love them. They rarely look good on me, so I rarely sew them but they are like kryptonite or catnip or ... anyway, I can't resist them.
Lately, I've been experimenting with making the 60s shift dress work on my super curvy shape. If it works on Joan Holloway, its got to work on me. Right?
This very mod McCalls pattern from 1969 was super simple to make.
First pass of completion it was like a big shapeless goldenrod sack. I had to do a pretty intense curved side seam to follow my waist and hip curve. I also added two long darts in the back to nip in the bagging midriff. The midriff is still a bit loose, but I didn't want to add darts to the front.
The soundtrack for this dress is Gold by Spandau Ballet, of course. I can't get it out of my head.