I have to admit that when I finished this dress, I wasn't sure about it.
I cut a lot of corners (no lining, rolled hem) and was a bit ashamed that it wasn't my best work.
I wore it once and wasn't convinced. After leaving it in a pile on the sewing room floor for weeks, I sent it off to the dry cleaners. When it came back I tried it on again and fell in love.
The fabric came from the thrift store for $5 for about 4 yards. The selvage says that it was made by Cranston Print Works, a US company that was in business from 1807-2009.
I love the strange artistic Picasso/Chagall faces. It was difficult to make sure that
a face did not end up on a breast apex. I did okay. Could have been much worse!
I used Simplicity 4360 View 2.
It really is simple to make. It came together easily with no alterations.
Why is it that late 50s/early 60s patterns almost always fit me perfectly with no fuss?
I wish I had that kind of luck with modern patterns.
How does one accessorize a dress that's primary color is greige?
I went with a little tarnished plastic, a little bakelite and some pinky beige faux pearls.
Also, these carved Mexican screw back earrings. I love their little grouchy faces.