Last week I started playing tennis again. I forgot how fun it is, and also a lot harder now that I’m a bit older. What a great workout! I was excited to make myself something cute to wear on the courts. Enter my 1974 sewing dress pattern- made a bit longer for myself. I made a rare online order for fabric, some Cool Max synthetic stuff from Fabric.com, and waited for it to come in the mail. It was a bit thin, and almost see through, but I’m wearing workout shorts under the dress so I can deal with it. I LOVED that funky 70’s collar. I feel like a brunette Carol Brady in this thing! I just need to find a big white visor and spotless tennis sneakers now.
Man, this dress was short! I made it straight out of the envelope with no fitting. Once I tried it on, I knew I would have to add a few inches. Hence, the white hem band.There are armhole darts, back darts, interfaced facings, and a back zipper, giving the dress a vintage look and fit. I have some unfortunate wrinkling going on in my armholes, so I need to pick apart the front, and change the darts still.Vintage patterns are so much better than modern ones, in my opinion. I usually have to do a ton of fitting on both Indie and Big 4 patterns to get them to fit my industry standard design forms. Maybe modern pattern are no longer draped to forms first? Vintage patterns fit the dress forms perfectly, every time. Of course, they need to be fitted for individual fitting problems.
A little tight in back. I could have gone up a size. Not sure what’s causing those wrinkles. Any suggestions would be appreciated.The pattern came with some elastic bloomers too, but I’m just wearing my lycra workout shorts under. I can tuck the balls into the sides easier! I think the funny looking granny panties showing would be a bit much. Working on my lousy serve here.
I entered this outfit in the Pattern Review active wear contest too. If you are a PR member, stop by and vote for your favorite! Ahem.