Ali (yes, we’re on a first name basis) had the perfect body for boho – -tall and lanky.
But Stevie DEFINED the look. Love the handkerchief hem here and those boots that made her look so tall.
When I was invited to a concert in an outdoor venue, I looked to these girls for inspiration!
Of course, boho is one of those looks that doesn’t work for everyone. If you have curves, the flow-y dresses can make you look heavier than you are. And if you’re a short girl like me, well, most experts will tell you that loose, oversized clothes are a big no-no. They just swallow us up!
I guess there are worse ways to die though, right? Because I love a flow-y dress or top with a seventies vibe. Those loose clothes stand for independence! Free Spirits! Music festivals! Free love! Not to mention, the clothes are really, really comfortable.
When it came time to search for a pattern, I was surprised at how hard it was to find something with the vibe I was looking for. Finally, I found New Look 6345, a dress/tunic with a handkerchief hem (very Stevie Nicks, don’t you think?).
It’s a v-neck, fitted through the bust, with a loose skirt. That made it perfect for the concert, because, when I wasn’t dancing, I’d be sitting cross-legged on a lawn. I made the length a bit shorter, because I knew I’d be wearing it over jeans.
The fabric I chose is a rayon print (blue and white, no surprise there) from Fabric Depot, with a repeating pattern that runs lengthwise. The rows in the pattern seemed like mini-border prints to me, so I couldn’t resist cutting some out to use as trim around the neck and along the bodice seam. Sounds like an easy modification, eh? Just sew a bit here and there….no problem!
Truth be told, applying the trim to the neckline was WAY HARDER than it looked.
So frustrating. You can see that gape in this photo. There’s also a spider on that chair that is freaking me out, but I digress.
I probably could have prevented this problem by cutting the trim on the bias (?), but that wouldn’t have worked because the print pattern runs lengthwise. To fix the gape, I tightened the neckline by adjusting at the shoulder seams. It helped, although it still gapes when I stand in certain positions (as you can see above). The top is wearable, but maybe I should have put a stiffer bit of interfacing in the trim before adding it? Or maybe a hugely padded bra would fix the situation, but, you know, those cool seventy girls DO NOT WEAR BRAS. Thoughts?
Happy Sewing! And thanks so much for stopping by!