A few weeks ago I was waiting for my car to be fixed when I stumbled across a 70’s duvet cover in a charity shop. It was love at first sight and I really felt like I had found buried treasure! The single duvet cover cost me £5 – I couldn’t believe my luck and began modelling it in front of the shop mirror. I gasped with delight while receiving some strange looks from the customers – little did they know! 😀
The fabric shouted ‘mod dress’ at me and I knew that the Simplicity pattern (K1609) was going to get another airing, and this time with a collar. By the time I had picked the car up I had it all figured out in my head. The the scalloped edge in the fabric was going to tie in perfectly with the shape of the collar.
I ended up lining the front of the dress with some lightweight viscose. It made the white stand out more and gave the dress a really professional finish. I also used white bias binding around the armholes as I thought that it would give a real ‘retro’ feel.
I’m really pleased that I didn’t go with the shell motif up the back. I just used the sides of the duvet cover instead. It reminds me of holly leaves and I like the contrast to the front of the dress.
When I wear this dress I can’t help but be in a good mood. It’s playful, fun and original and there isn’t another one quite like it!
I only used one half of the duvet cover so this dress was made for under a fiver. To me it’s priceless – I love it! 🙂
Until next time…