When I scroll through 1960s sewing patterns online, I notice that they often have trim on the neckline and sleeves. So that was a must for this dress.
I made the piping with a mint solid from Joanns. I found the mint buttons there as well.
Did you know that in the 60s it was popular to pair houndstooth with lace? I wouldn't have thought of it myself, but I like it.
The welt pockets are such a fun (and much appreciated!) detail. Pockets are always a hit with the kids!
The sizing of this pattern is definitely generous, which works well with that more relaxed feel, a style I love. In this case, though, I was looking for a more tailored look, so after reading Gail's post, I chose to size down one full size - and I think I could have reduced the width by even 2 full sizes.
She'll need to grow into this one just a bit, but that means it will fit for a good long time.
And unrelated to sewing, but on the topic of vintage clothing, as in ancient vintage, all of my kids donned their traditional Ethiopian clothing this past weekend for an Ethiopian dinner extraordinaire.
Dan and I were out together a few weeks ago and met the nicest Ethiopian couple. We started talking about Ethiopia and our adoption and they were eager to meet Tarikua. We exchanged numbers and a few weeks later, they invited our entire family over for dinner to meet their family and friends. It was a feast! I'll bet they served 10 different dishes along with homemade bread and, of course, injera. They even had a traditional coffee roasting ceremony at the end with popcorn and two different cakes. It was truly amazing - and the best Ethiopian food we've ever had. The hospitality was equally incredible.
We are so honored and proud to be a part of this rich and beautiful culture through our daughter.