You might remember that I had a hankering for a 1970's smock.
I was planning to use this 1970's brushed cotton to make a smock-tastic mini dress with long sleeves. However... when I was ironing the fabric I realised that it was faulty. There was a panel right down one edge where the print was staggered, so the colouring-in went over the edges of the flowers. It was also far narrower than I remembered, and I realised I could either have a sleeveless dress or a short-sleeved blouse, but I definitely couldn't have the long-sleeved dress I planned.
That collar. Oh boy, that collar just screams 1973! Jackie magazine, Chelsea Girl, David Bowie, TRex, my cousin and her velvet flares, my pal and her suede patchwork mini skirt... I had a shocking pink nylon blouse with a collar like this. It gave me electric shocks and made my hair stand on end. Ahem.
But I didn't really take note of the shape of the sleeve...
Pattern: Simplicity 5583 from 1973, size 14, found on etsy for about £5
Fabric: 1.7m of a pseudo-Liberty print on pseudo-Viyella fabric, found on ebay. Probably brushed cotton, but who knows? I think it cost me about £4.50
Buttons: You think I'm going to waste my time making buttonholes and sewing buttons onto this thing?
I squeezed the pieces out of the available yardage, trying to avoid the mis-printed section. But I misunderstood the collar instructions, and my plan to use the misprinted section as the under-collar resulted in me showcasing it on the top layer instead - duh!
The shoulder width seemed about right, so I decided to just go with it. Reading the small print, this pattern is designed with "the new narrow shoulder". Ah. So I really ought to have reduced it by an inch or so to recreate the intended proportions. Especially with those sleeves!
I suppose I can keep it as a painter's smock...