There were two 1960s events in the summer: Costume College and Tiki Oasis. Both revolved around a 60s spy-theme; Costume College's Friday Night Social, "Casino Royale: Our Favorite Spies", and Tiki Oasis overall theme was 60s International Intrigue-Den of Spies. I wore the below dress to both.
Butterick 9826 was a popular pattern in 1961. It was one of the patterns they made part of their current Retro pattern line, and I wanted to give it a try.
One of my favorite spies is Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau of the Pink Panther series. While looking for fabric for this dress, I came across this great print. Perfect 60s vibe! There were a couple Pink Panther prints, but this one was my favorite. I love the pink hot rod.
This is an extremely easy pattern, and sewed up in no time. I added a pink wrap around the waist as pictured. It is kind of odd, as the ties are secured in the side seams, cross in front and tie in the back. I was not too happy with the way the pink ties were wrapped high in the front, but when tied in the back, there was quite a drop in height. Here are some photos to show what I mean.
Once I tried the dress on and wrapped it around my waist, I was not happy with it. I carry my excess weight around the middle and the tie made me look like a burrito. I opened the side seams and removed the ties. I think if I make this dress again, I would sew the tie in the same fabric as the rest of the dress so it will blend in better. I am using a pink belt instead for this dress.
Left: This still needs a hem and sleeve hems.
I DON'T LIKE THIS DRESS. I think this pattern didn't work for me because it was too much fabric. I felt I was swimming in it. While it could have been the large, bright print or the boat neck, it just wasn't right for me. I am going to remove the bodice and re-cut to a different pattern, and reattach it.
Here are a couple of shots.
My lovely friend Birda looks charming in her dress made from the same pattern!
I did wear it to Tiki Oasis for Friday evening, but was not real happy with it. Several people did remark on it, and liked it. Jerry took a few photos of me on the balcony of my friends' hotel room but they didn't turn out. Well, not everything you make works out! When I remake this dress, I will post the changes.