Friday, 1 August 2014
You may remember a (long) while ago that I bought a piece of gorgeous 1950s fabric from the charity shop. It's 36" wide and there's only 1 3/4 yards, so not a lot to play with, and I've been looking for the right pattern for it ever since. I thought something with a full skirt would suit it and I've since bought a remnant of plain blue fabric to go with.
And now I think I have the pattern - Simplicity 2444 which has been around for quite a while but had passed me by.
My idea is to do this version with the cape collar, and make the bodice and top part of the skirt in plain blue, and the collar and a band at the bottom of the skirt in the flowered fabric.
I didn't want to risk ruining my precious 1950s fabric, so I've had a trial run using an old duvet cover. As I was really just checking for fit I didn't add the collar.
Note how I've matched up the pattern either side of the zip!
I've fully lined it using an old pink sheet
I had to make a couple of adjustments because the neck was gaping at the front and back so I've put some darts in. Before I make the next one I'll have to find out how to alter the pattern for a better fit.
After I found this pattern I've seen lots of versions on blogs, like Alex's, Jacquie's and Char's.
No-one else seems to have trouble with the fronts pleats in the skirt, but I found them very confusing and they've ended up very bulky, so I'll have to fix that.
Overall though I'm very happy with it (and it's got pockets!).
So that's my trial run. Do you think my idea for using the other fabric would look ok? Or have you got any other suggestions for it?