As my thank-you dresses project continued, I decided to give some attention to a pattern I have had in my collection forever, but have not used. (McCall's M5701 if you are interested.) It's a real peach of a 1960s style shift. Darts add some shape in the front and help form pockets. Pleats in the back throw a little action as you walk away.
My special dress for Rachael was intended to be worn with tights and boots. Dress/tights/boots = my favorite winter outfit. I used an olive linen, so technically the dress can cross over to warmer weather. I added brown accents at the collar and pockets. Of course it's fully lined. Do you even need to ask?
I liked the style of this dress so much, that when a special request came in from a friend's husband, I decided to use it again. This time I went with a woven black and white houndstooth pattern. I used black wool at the collar and pockets. I also added some piping to augment the pleats in back.
Love! I wanted to keep it. Oh well. Them's the breaks in the dressmaking biz. Catie - I hope you dig.