I finished this dress in a three night sewing frenzy back in April when a good friend’s Birthday party (and the promise of a child free night of dancing) gave me the urge for something 60’s and shiny to jump around in.

The fabric is another House of Hackney sample sale bargain (from the same trip that yielded my Leonine A-line skirt). It’s been hanging about in my stash for far too long as I’ve been too intimidated by it’s beauty to cut into it. The detail and texture of the fabric is incredible – the black background is lush and smooth whilst the palmeral print is picked out in tiny green and metallic stitches. Different sized stitches give the palm leaves an amazing depth – it would be a shame to save this fabric for the evening really as you can appreciate the detail better under natural light.

The pattern is Simplicity K1609 – a 60’s style shift that is so simple I had a hard time visualising how it would turn out. I even umm-ed and ahhh-ed about making the bow from view B but as soon as those lovely deep side darts came together I knew I was onto a winner and the pattern would let the fabric shine! The side darts are actually a huge feature on the finished dress but you can’t really see them on the pattern model or the technical drawing on the envelope so they were a nice surprise! I cut a straight size 12 and the only change I made was to skip the interfacing as the fabric was weighty enough without it.

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