On the left, Simplicity 1403. On the right, a blouse made from Vogue 8872. Check out the textures.
1403 comes from the war years. Remember I said these simple types of patterns often carry a surprise? The sleeves on the top blouse are cut as one with the front, and the back looks like a sleeveless bodice. Additionally, the recommended fabric merely states “jersey.” I’m intrigued.
I needed another 1.5″ through the waist and hip; if I made up the pattern without alteration I would only have 1″ of wiggle room in the bust area. Without pondering long, I cut through the shoulder dart, pivoted at the bust apex, and cut straight down between the front tucks to add 1.5″ to each side of the front.
As part of my New Year’s goals, all new separates must coordinate with at least 5 other existing pieces. I inherited this long swirly wool skirt from my husband’s grandmother, it’s a favorite. Graceful, comfy, with pockets.
Cotton-linen gored skirt bought when I first started teaching.
With black linen K. Heps from Simplicity 4044.
With Ramnek skirt. My daughter did all of today’s photography. I was buttoning the skirt when she said “smile!”
Hemp-cotton six-gore skirt, Valentine, another favorite. Months ago, the stitches securing the bar broke so into the mending pile until this afternoon. I don’t like mending, but I like having my skirt back. As I dug through the mending basket, I discovered another blouse from *ahem* two years ago.
The pattern is dated 1956, I have several blouses made from it. I never wore this white version of View A because the cuffs dug into my forearms. I took off the cuffs and hemmed the sleeves. Viola, a new blouse for ten minutes’ toil.
My director bade me twirl in the yard.
This blouse can be worn with all the bottoms above (and many black things undocumented). I wouldn’t wear this linen tulip skirt with bare arms- too much exposed skin for my comfort.
I find my new haircut annoying in the utmost. It looks too contemporary to me. I’m toying with knitting a lace snood because I feel that when my hair isn’t “vintage,” my clothes look a little odd. Ideas? Help a girl out!