I often make up garments twice, or more often. If a garment suits you and fits well, why not make it again? I think this is especially the case when you have done a whole set of alterations to make sure a dress or jacket fits well. This is the TNT (tried “n” true, or tried and tested) approach to sewing. So I was pretty keen to have another try with this dress (the first version, underlined in organza, was unbearably scratchy). Making a second version allowed me to make a few amendments, proposed by my readers.
So I did as you suggested, making the dress both slightly more fitted, and slightly shorter. I did this by incorporating one front dart and two in the back. I got the lengths from Winifred Aldrich – the dart width was either 2 or 3cms at the waist.
This one is not underlined, and immediately the wrinkliness of the linen shows. I had only been wearing this dress for about 20 minutes before I persuaded my husband to take a photograph. To me this is how linen looks. I am not bothered.
It is lined in silk (two tone, don’t you know?). As you can see I often go out with tailors’ tacks in my clothes. It gives me something to do when I wash and press them.
The light weight of the dress, and the luxurious lining, plus the loose-fit made it supremely comfortable, yet smart enough for a day at the office.
The darts I introduced were not extreme – as you can see there is still a fold at the waist and the belt is not done up tight.
I made the skirt just another inch shorter, which I feel is enough. I do wear shorter skirts, but only in winter, with tights. In summer I prefer to let the air circulate.
It is still nice and baggy/comfortable, and I think it still looks like a 1960s dress. It probably needed more appropriate footwear to look authentic.
Any further feedback? Do I have to make a third one?