Last May, I entered a contest at Pattern Review that focused on using vintage patterns. Pattern Review was also running a mini-wardrobe contest at the same time. So, I thought I’d do a two-fer and use vintage patterns to make a mini-wardrobe. Seems easy, right???
I used these two patterns as the foundation of my mini-wardrobe:
Well, eight months later, I have finally finished one ensemble: the skirt from Simplicity 4773 and the top from 5348.
The skirt went together very easily and the top just needed a FBA to make it work.
Here I am looking cheerful wearing the outfit (My Honey decided he needed more light, hence the lamp on the stool):
I really like how this turned out and will use this combination again. Heck, I may even make a mini-wardrobe out of it! Actually, I am totally relieved that it turned out well. I made a jumper out of a modern pattern, recently, that was a total disaster. Using vintage patterns really IS so much nicer and the results so much better than modern patterns! I recommend these two patterns highly if you can find them (they are from the early 1960′s).
I talked about my adventures with this outfit in this week’s Grandma’s Sewing Cabinet podcast if you’d like to take a listen to it.
I finally had a chance to finish something!!
I recently redid my kitchen chairs with home dec rooster fabric (My Honey’s choice, not mine). There were about 2 yards left so I decided to make an apron.
I tried about 5 different patterns but none of them worked because of the directional layout of those darn roosters (did I mention that My Honey chose the rooster fabric?).
I finally found a pattern that would work–a cobbler style pattern that had been my great-grandmother’s. I never saw her or my grandmother wear this style of apron but it had her writing on several pattern pieces.
This pattern was an “‘instant’ apron: Paper pattern is one piece for each fabric in each view; pin to fabric according to cutting layouts and cut instantly.”
As I mentioned in my May 8th podcast, the pattern is designed to be laid on the open fabric. But, my great-grandmother laid the pieces on the fold (like, I did). But, and this is where we differed, instead of folding the pattern piece in half, she cut the piece down the middle!
This apron tested my bias tape application skills but I am pleased with the overall results:
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