An A-line shift has been on my drafting list forever, but I am trying to work through my classes in order, so it has taken me until now to get to it. Sixties mod is my favourite of the retro fashions.
I made one muslin of my draft and then thought I would be able to get my second draft wearable, so I cut into real fabric (sewing and chucking muslins still feels wasteful to me). I still need to tweak the draft a bit for my next version, but I already wore this dress out, so I am happy with that decision.
I am happy with the front, except that it is just a smidge tight in the bust. I have used French darts. The class example put the dress on the bias for a closer fit, but I knew that I wanted a pattern on the straight grain. I didn't use as much flare as the class example either.
Stripe matching this fabric was easy. I am not so happy with the side and back views. I kept the darts in back, even though they aren't normally included in an A-line shift, because there was a lot of pooling in my muslin. The dart shaping doesn't seem quite right tough and there is not enough room for my butt. There are less shaping options with a shift, so I am not sure how to address this. I'll have to dig out the fitting books.
The fabric is really groovy. It is a Japanese fine wale corduroy (still available here), but I have the nap running around my body rather than up and down because I preferred the darker stripes to be horizontal. The description does say corduroy, but I didn't read it closely and was surprised when the fabric turned up. A happy accident though, because I would not have ordered corduroy if I had known, but it is a lovely weight for this style of dress.