Recently I've received a couple comments that were critical of the way I make these dresses. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, I feel a response is in order. I'd like to explain my position, in part, because I think it makes for interesting discussion.
The comments focused on the tailoring that I've done. They were critical of the fact that I tailored the shape of the dresses, resulting in them "losing" the a-line shape.
It's true that I do tailor my dresses at the waist. It's true that I've occasionally tailored too much. But, what can I say? I'm learning. I've only been sewing for 2 months, and throughout the projects, I've been trying to strike a happy medium between nicely tailored and nicely draped. Nobody's showing me how to do anything nor has anyone showed me in the past. My dad is the only one in my family who has touched a sewing machine, and my parents live up in icy North Dakota (which is why I very much appreciate all the wonderful suggestions I've been getting on this blog-- thank you everyone!). So, I hope that with practice I'll get better at finding that happy medium.
The comments also focused on the fact that my dresses weren't authentically retro or sixties, because the shape was "lost." Now, I personally don't find a strict a-line shape very flattering on my hourglass body type, hence why I tailor in the first place. But what I love about the sixties isn't the a-line shape. It's the fun, bold prints. It's all those great geometric details. It's the bright colors. It's unexpected like a men's kneck-tie paired with a dress. It's the ability to pair them nicely with funky go-go boots. And of course, as anyone who has read this blog knows, it's all about color-blocking.
Now, I've also loved pop art and modern design for a long time (one day, I will have my hanging Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair, dammit). So, I see sixties fashion as an extension of modern design and incorporate my love of it into my wardrobe. And besides, it's fun to confuse guests by blending into the furniture.
Okay, just felt the need to explain myself. Although, really, if I'm happy with the results, I am the one who has to wear it right?
Happy sewing adventures!