The downside (or upside?) is that I'll need to learn to grade up patterns at some stage. I've seen some online tutorials on this, but I won't be throwing myself at it anytime soon. I still find hemming a challenge, slipstitch makes no sense and fitting is a mystery. But I love the idea of making all of these patterns up, so one day I'll work out how to grade up. Until then I'm pointing myself at the easier patterns in my size. On to the pattern review!
Make: Simplicity 4860
Era: The pattern envelope and instructions aren't yielding any clues on this one. I'm guessing early sixties.
Would I have picked it? Yeah, it's cute, very Jackie O.
First thoughts: I could imagine it being a lovely work dress. I LOVE the buttons on the second view.
First thoughts: It's not first on my list, partly because I'm too excited by other projects and partly because jackets scare me.
Difficulty: Medium / Hard
Era: early 60s?
Would I have bought it: Yes.
First thoughts: These sort of dresses were popular huh? Even so, I like the shoulder rouche, and I think it has a bit of a 1940s vibe. I quite like how prim and proper it is, I could imagine Betty Draper wearing this.
First thoughts: With further reflections I quite like the jackets. Although I would normally shy away from boxy jackets I think these have real potential in some sort of brocade?
Era: mid 60s?
Would I have bought it? No. Just no.
First thoughts: The illustration hurts my eyes. The colours! The frump! This dress is frumpy, mcfrumpy frump. I'm finding it difficult to find any love for this pattern. And I've had two cocktails. Two strong cocktails. When I come to make this I will name it Frumpenstein.
Difficulty: Easy (apparently)
Size: 14 1/2