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If we were to pick an era of fashion most similar to our tastes, it would be the 1960s, hands down. Vintage, 1960s patterns are the look we’re drawn to, more often than not.
Meet Twiggy (or be reintroduced to her): After seeing her a-line, above the knee dresses that she was known for, we were hooked!
Twiggy’s style would take a basic, a-line dress and mix/match collar styles (high neck, peter pan, or no collar) and different sleeve lengths, depending on the season. Color blocking was used from time to time as well.
When we told our sister (aka: the nieces’ momma) about “Fashion Icon Week,” she misunderstood our fashion icon to be “Iggy”, as in “Iggy Pop” (?!?!). What she visualized us sewing a 2 year old based on good ol’ Iggy is beyond us! Still laughable….and scary….
To determine the “Twiggy Look,” we did countless google image searches…found THE LOOK we were going for, and began our “Fashion Icon Quest.”
Our fabric selection, again, was geared toward the 1960s and the fall season that was quickly approaching. We also chose to make this outfit with long sleeves, in the hope it will last through the fall months.
The vintage Butterick 3485 pattern assisted our preliminary plans. We used the yoke, sleeves, and collar of this pattern. The yoke was modified to include a faux a-line belt, and an additional center tab was added.
Covered buttons were placed on the center tab (as well as the back closure), drawing attention to the clean lines and piping details of the dress, collar, and sleeves.
Afterwards, we attached an a-line skirt underneath the faux belt. While there were so many other components that Twiggy incorporated in her various wardrobe pieces, most outfits were classic and clean with simple lines and details. So, we tried to do just that: keep it simple and classic.
We couldn’t have asked for a better photo session with the niece! She was adorable, cooperative, sweet, etc. etc. In fact, while we were taking the photos, she assisted in ‘choosing’ her own spots for pictures. Of course, we had to throw in a little knee sock action…for Twiggy’s sake.