It’s been a very busy spring in terms of sewing. Between participating in sew a-longs (see my Spring for Cotton blouse here) and getting ready for the big WWII airshow in Reading, PA, I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ve been making a healthy dent in the fabric stash as well as my personal vintage pattern sewing pledge.
Today I want to share with you the yellow crepe suit I made for the MAAM’s WWII airshow and reenactment weekend. The yellow crepe for this project was left over from my Winter Formal Dress made from Simplicity1469. I received several nice compliments while wearing this. But this suit was so bright outside in the sunlight, yikes! Particularly when standing beside so many drab green military vehicles and tents.
Photo courtesy of Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments
The construction was fairly simple, though I did have some sizing issues to work out with the skirt. One of the things I really like about this suit is the mock blouse, or dicky, that is attached to the jacket. This could easily be changed out with one of a different color or style to create a completely new look.
I have more photos and construction information on my blog.
Summary of the Pattern
Fabric: Mustard/yellow crepe from discount fabric store
Pattern: Du Barry 5371
Notions: Zipper, snaps, red bias tape, vintage buckle
How historically accurate is it? Very! The crepe is very close to dresses of the period and the trim was inspired by the pattern artwork.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? I had some fitting issues with the skirt when it came to attaching the waistband but was finally able to work those out. I think that was more on my (rear) end and not so much the pattern. 😛
Did you change anything? Other then sizing I just added a few extra snaps
Time to complete: About a week and a half working during the evenings.
First worn: June 5, 2015 at the MAAM WWII weekend
Total cost: Around $30, although this is the second outfit made using this fabric so in reality it’s closer to $15
Notes: Overall very happy with how this turned out! Next time I’ll make the dicky a touch longer.