advance 7049: weekend road warrior, or, outfit for a sunday drive


i had a bit of a harrowing drive last weekend, but fortunately was able to complete it in true vintage style.

so here is me, travel-weary and travel-stained, clutching on to my reward for surviving the drive:

two words:  vanilla.  milkshake.  (if you are wondering what the white stuff on my legs is, it’s sunscreen. my AC was broken and i made the entire drive, 2 tunnels and a bridge included, with the top down in my little VW beetle. yeah, my cousins were crying for me, too. :-))

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:
play separates: button-front sleeveless shirt, cuffed shorts with released pleats in front and darts in back, button-front overskirt.

Pattern Sizing:
size 16/34B

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
the shorts, which i made, look exactly like you would want 1950s-style shorts to look.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
i did not use the instructions, but they are typically vintage: great diagrams, sparse wording.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i love these fifties-style shorts because they are high-waisted and wide-legged with a fairly deep crotch curve. thus, they sit at your natural waist, actually allow air to circulate around your legs, and are not all up on you like a second skin.

Fabric Used:
leftover “bottomweight” fabric from jo-ann.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i needed to deepen the pleats big time to get a better fit at the waist.

shorts are so easy they are almost hard to actually sit and finish. for example, these sat unhemmed for 6 months until i realized they would be comfortable and perfect for sunday brunch and a long drive with my beloved renfrew top, so i….glued the hem with steam-a-seam. try not to judge me too harshly. but now they are done, they are an instant classic and i need many more pairs.  rinse & repeat.


full post, including travel rant, at puu’s door of time.

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