As I've written this pattern up before, I'll just give a brief rundown.
Style 4280 from 1984Fabric & Notions
I just adore the fabric. It is lovely quality fabric although the softness means that it creases more than I would like, considering how infrequently I iron. I love the 50s fabric design. Lucienne and her husband Robin were both designers - he designed furniture and she designed textiles, with their work being quintessentially 20th century British in style. They worked as design consultants for John Lewis between 1962 and 1987, and this fabric was designed around 1954. Neatly, 30 years before this pattern was produced
On the back yoke I ran the pattern horizontally, which I think looks nice and handily combats the pattern matching aspect. You can see the vertical back pleat:
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
I added horizontal bust darts, as I knew these were required from my last version. These should have been a bit lower but function fine. I also meant to lengthen the bodice a little, but forgot.
Last time I was pretty confused by the placket instructions - this time around I took care to label everything really well and it was much easier. However the instructions could do with a bit more explanation about how the placket is supposed to sit at the top of the skirt as I've actually got it right both times, but not been sure because the instructions are vague.
See that pattern matching across the front closure...total fluke! Didn't occur to me to try and match this area
Would you sew it again and do anything different next time?
Pretty sure I'll be sewing this again. I still want to make the McCalls 6696 but now I'm wondering if I have room for 2 great shirtdress patterns in my life. Could it be as good as this one?
Without a belt - I think it works just as wellCost
Pattern Free in swap
Buttons From stash, can't remember their origin but probably cost a few pence as part of a charity shop lot
I love the dress so much, and it is my 6th item for Vintage Pledge too. Still baffled by print matching though!
Now on to the next vintage pattern...
p.s Bonus outtake for you, the result of my Current Husband's attempt to take 'naturalistic photos'...