Another dance party, another excuse to make myself something the week of the event…
Made for another edition of the ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘ dance parties organized and DJ-ed by the fabulous House of Gold Diamonds, I wanted to evoke a classic look with dramatic sleeves. The end result is heavily influenced by late 60s early 70s mini dresses, and is actually 2 separate pieces that can be otherwise worn with different outfits.
The underdress is made from some lovely stretch suiting similar to fabric I’ve used before. I love the fact that it has nice structure and weight but also a good amount of give – perfect for figure hugging garments that you can move in! The top is a modified version of a 1970s slip pattern that I’ve used previously. The lower section is roughly Gertie’s Wiggle Dress with some tweaking. Straps are a matte finish lingerie strapping.
For the chiffon overlay I used this 1970 blouse pattern as a starting point – extending the hem, exaggerating the sleeve blousing, negating the bust dart, and lowering the neckline to a shallow scoop shape.
To give the waist definition, I added ties at each side that form a bow at the back. I wanted initially to have the overlay drape more, but it proved unflattering on my curves.
To stiffen the cuffs, I used a black iron-on interfacing. At the cuffs and back neck I used iridescent shell look shank style buttons.
I love that it was long sleeved but still pretty cool. The sheer sleeves let my arms breathe, I was pretty comfy all night and they were super fun to dance with.
My only regret of the evening was bringing a purse that I couldn’t wear across my body while dancing. I’m usually so practical about these things…