This is the latest collaboration between Lila, Me, and the Ice Cream Social Dress. It’s all her own doing, I just stitched it. I told her she could pick her own fabric for a dress several months ago. Lila spotted this “Pet Deer” fabric last time we dropped by Voodoo Rabbit. (They also have an online store stocked with distinctive prints, but I LOVE dropping in on their shop. So does Lila.) Like the Panda Dress, I had my misgivings about her fabric choice but in the end she’s so delighted with her new little frock I’m glad I made it.
She helped me through the sewing process, sitting on my lap and putting her hands on the fabric under mine. You can read the full write up (how the dress pattern grows with her, the sushi train, and the guy who called her a hipster) on Sew Weekly.
Speaking of Sew Weekly, the next challenge is the 1940’s. I love the 40’s- the quirk, the scroogy cutting layouts, and over all “utilitarian-chic” flavor. My first thought was to whip together my Advance 2997 Make Do and Mend Blazer Re-Fashion, but I want to savor that project and carefully document the process, not sew in a few hours of manic stitching. Besides, I can’t find the damn pattern. It’s around here somewhere- I probably stuck it in a sewing reference book and then put it back on the shelf.
Vogue patterns are very difficult to date- I spent quite some time digging around the internets for clues, but it seems with Vogue you should trust your instinct based on the style of the pattern. To me, this looks like the 40’s.
The instruction sheet looks like the 40’s and besides it has that “scent” about it. Old paper. I love that smell. The instructions themselves look like the early 40’s to me, especially the facings and cuffs. Do you have any ideas?
Just look at how perforated the front piece is. It’s all the buttonhole and pocket and stitching markings which are perfectly ordinary once you sort them out, but it does look a little scary doesn’t it? I wrote about working with unprinted patterns a little while ago, take a look if you’re working with one for the first time for this challenge.
A long sleeved pair of winter pajamas takes a lot of fabric- 4.5m! He wasn’t interested in something fun like skulls or tiger stripes or green army men, so instead I bought 1.5m of plain navy cotton flannelette quilt backing (double the normal width). It’s sturdy and washes well, I used it last winter to make my 30’s housecoat. 1.5m was enough to cut the top only! I’ll go back tomorrow and get a little more of the same for the trousers. I cut the upper collar, the pocket bands and the sleeve cuffs from a fat quarter of manly check I had lying around. I feel like I spent most of this week behind the computer so I’m really looking forward to a few hours of quiet stitching, turning seams, pressing, etc.
Do you make things for other people?
Tomorrow: I feel some design inspiration for deliciously SELFISH sewing coming on…
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