Simplicity 3673

by Chastity

in 1940s

So another WW2 Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has come and gone. This year it fell over M’s Birthday so I treated him to tickets to the event.

I made Simplicity 3673 for the event. I bought a reproduction pattern cheap on Etsy and I don’t think I’ll buy from the seller again. The directions were not complete and some of the lines on the pattern that should have been traced with a straight edge were not so I had to take time to fix them. Beside that the pattern wasn’t too difficult. The shorts were ok in size I just cut off 2″ of the top so they wouldn’t be soo high waisted. The top needed to be larger by one size (2″) so I split the front pattern and back pattern in half and added a 1/2″ to each. This worked wonderfully and I didn’t even need to change the position of the darts. The shorts closed with 3 cute red buttons with anchors on them on each side, I did hand-worked button holes on the top button and machine sewed the other two. The top closed with an invisible zipper and I trimmed the collar in red. The sailor collar was the only thing that gave me any real trouble but between the mock up and the real thing I figured it out. I would add an inch to the bottom of the top when I make it up again because it was a little too short to stay tucked in during the even but it still looked cute when I had it untucked too. While at the event we got lots of compliments. M looked very handsome in his outfit. I was told I needed an overseas cap for my outfit so I will be buying Mrs. Depew’s Flight Cap pattern in the near future to make one up. At a stand in the flee market a vender gifted me with a 1945 Christmas catalog from Filene’s Department Store because no one else wanted it. I plan on trying to figure out how to scan my new catalog for all of you to see soon. I also walked away with two patterns this year. (M kept saying the tradition was one but the other was only $3.50 so I couldn’t just leave it there) They are Hollywood 1898 Circa 1946 and Butterick 8315 Circa 1939. They will have to wait as I have lots of other projects to do before them but I am very happy to have them in my collection. I finally found a vintage hat that I liked and it was a steal at $15.

The Scoop:
Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen in Medieval Blue (I used the wrong side of the fabric as the right side so it didn’t shine) 97% Cotton 3% Spandex

Pattern: Simplicity 3673

Year: 1941
Notions: 6  red buttons with Anchors at 3/4″, red trim, bias binding for the seams and an invisible zipper
Hours: 4 days of off and on work including fixing the pattern and doing a full mock-up of the top
First worn?: June 8th 2013 for WWII Weekend
Wear again?: Yup! It’s cute and comfortable. I can wear it as an everyday item and not just for WW2 events
Make again?: I think I’ll make the shorts again and I might make the top again in a thin wool with long sleeves to wear in the winter. There is a matching shirt to the pattern and I might make that up one day too.

Total cost: $39.97 Even thought it was a little costly I paid with all of my supplies with a gift card except for $0.65.  Plus I still have one and a half spools of red trim left, fabric for another project, buttonhole thread and some bias binding.

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I've been sewing since I was 6; my grandmother taught me and she also bought me my first sewing machine at 12. I love vintage patterns and have a soft spot for playsuit patterns. I also read a lot so when I'm not sewing I'm reading during my free time.

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Starspangledheart June 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Cuteness! I adore all things nautical and your playsuit is super fun! Sorry you found such a crappy copy of this pattern. :( Reproducing patterns is a lot of work so you get what you pay for. Anyone looking for a good reproduction of this type of pattern should try Wearing History’s 1940s sailor playsuit: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/1940s-sailor-girl-playsuit-pattern/ It’s a great pattern!

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Katherine June 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Good call – Lauren’s pattern is great…so great that we stock it in the WeSewRetro shop [insert big cheesy grin here] : http://shop.wesewretro.com/products/sailor-girl-playsuit-sewing-pattern

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Lauren June 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thanks for the shout out, gals :)

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Gail June 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Was it the WWII Air show in Reading Pa. you attended ? My husband went to it, and said I would have liked it because there where a lot of people in 40′s dress ( and a vintage flea market too? ) . Your sailor play suit is adorable.

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Katherine June 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

This is adorable – well done! Remember to leave feedback for that transaction on etsy so other shoppers know what they might be getting themselves into. I feel awkward giving less than stellar feedback but it’s a public service really.

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Anne June 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Wonderful job!! Looking at the two of you makes me want to spend an evening watching “Mrs. Miniver” on the sofa with my hubby…

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Chastity June 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Thanks everyone! Gail it was the WW2 show in Reading Pa. The flea-market is great and lots of people dress up but some wear 1950′s stuff which sometimes confuses other visitors.

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Lauren June 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Despite the issues with the pattern you look adorable!!

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mariebayarea June 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Cute! I love nautical.

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EmSewCrazy June 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Very cute outfit! Looks like fun!

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Martha June 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I bought the same pattern and the lines were so light that it was hard to see but I see how cute it turned out so I will give it a try.

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