A finished outfit (finally)

by Evie

in 1950s,1960s,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

It’s been a while since I posted, but I promise I’ve actually been working on lots of projects. It’s just taken me forever to get anything finished and photographed. The boy makes it difficult to work on things steadily, and my project ADD doesn’t help (especially when I’ve got 6 or more projects in the works at the same time). I have finally managed, however, to get some things finished and took a few pictures to prove it this morning. The first things I want to share are the grey vest I cut out ages ago, and another pencil skirt I whipped up. (Shown first with my black blazer, just because I am already in love with this outfit!)

 

 

The vest matches the grey skirt I made a few months ago. Since I just finished up the vest last night I haven’t had a chance to see what the two pieces look like together, but I’m so happy with how it looks paired with my new plaid skirt that I almost don’t even care! The pattern I used for the vest is Butterick 9474, View A. You’ll forgive the wrinkling, as Tabitha and I are not quite the same shape/proportions (especially not post-baby, despite being back to my pre-pregnancy weight).

 

Image courtesy Vintage Patterns Wiki

 

The skirt is cut from the same pattern (with similar alterations) that I used for the grey skirt, and the fabric is a vintage Pendleton wool that I acquired in a stash from a friend’s late mother. I have a few more pieces that I’ve cut for skirts as well, as there was just enough yardage for a skirt from each one. I did have to repair a small area with moth holes near the kick pleat, so I tried my hand at re-weaving for the first time. I know exactly why the pros get paid so much! It was very tedious, and my result is hardly perfect, but it’s fairly invisible, especially to the untrained eye. I’ve got some holes to repair in two of the three other pieces as well, but they are a finer weave, so I may try a different method. We’ll see when I get there.

 

 

 

The bottom points of the vest fronts are not perfectly aligned for some reason. I marked and matched my center fronts, so theoretically they should be even, but the right sits a bit lower. If I decide it bothers me too much I can just shift the buttons up a tad to even out the points. I’ll have to take a better look at it once I’ve actually tried it on my own body with a shirt underneath and a real bra.

 

 

 

 

 

The lining, as I mentioned in my post so many moons ago, is left from another dress project that ended up gifted to a friend when it didn’t fit me perfectly. I like crazy linings and this one definitely fits the bill.

 

 

The skirt hem I finished with some vintage, rust colored hem lace from my stash.

 

As I said earlier, I’m absolutely in LOVE with this outfit! We’re going out for my husband’s birthday on this weekend and I think I may wear this (that is if I don’t decide to try and squeeze myself into my teal wool dress). I can finish it off perfectly with my stone marten stole, a black velvet hat, and my new Sydneys from Remix. Mr. S. won his fantasy football league and let me have the money to buy myself some new shoes. I’d been lusting after Sydney ever since Remix announced their release and now they’re mine! I’ll have to take a picture of them soon, but they’re in the bedroom with a sleeping man right now, and I don’t want to disturb him.

 

I’ve got a few other knitting and sewing projects in the works right now, but I’ll save those for a separate post so this one doesn’t get too long.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

-Evie

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Siri Andersen January 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Evie, That outfit is stellar! Such class and elegance and those fabrics play together so lovely. Very inspirational!

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EmSewCrazy January 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

That is a fabulous outfit! Now I really want to make some vests!

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Bella January 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Evie: this is gorgeous…it probably took you forever because it’s stunning. Great job & thanks for sharing. Also, I tend to get tired of projects…so start another, or do a test run…then eventually (6 months? a year?) I decide it’s time to get rid of the guilt & just finish the darned thing. With any luck we’ll get some snow days next week & I’ll get something accomplished!

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Catherine Alekna January 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

such a lovely outfit! you dont see too many complete outfits on here!

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Cal February 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

What a beautiful outfit! The vest is darling and all the pieces are so well done. Brava!

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Jeannie Watt February 1, 2014 at 11:04 pm

What a great outfit! I’m in love with the lining you used for the vest. I’m impressed that you tackled reweaving–such a job. Congratulations on a beautiful outfit.

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Becky Culbertson February 8, 2014 at 8:45 am

Beautiful job! And I LOVE the lining ;-)

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