This is my first make from Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, which I bought as soon as it was out but had yet to make anything from. I used a red cotton with a woven check pattern. For anyone considering making this but worried about fabric quantities, I got this out of 2.1m of 60″ wide when the requirements say 3m! The only pieces I missed out were the back yoke lining (I cut a small neck facing instead) and the pockets, which could easily be made from a different fabric anyway. So in all I would think you could easily get it out of 2.5m or less.
The only alteration I made was to the shoulder width. I took the excess off the back shoulder edge only, then gathered the front in to match it, creating an extra gathered detail at the shoulders.
I used little black buttons with a swirl pattern. I bought a ton of these in two sizes I love them that much! It can be hard to find new buttons with a vintage appropriate look sometimes.
All in all I love this dress, and will definitely make it again. It was quite quick and easy to put together and comfy to wear all day.
Hats off to my not yet three-year-old for taking the photos.
Another Sew For Victory project here! For mine I made something I always seem to be in dire need of: trousers. I used the ever popular Simplicity 3688 repro pattern, which I’ve made once before, but with a twist. I used the bodice of a dress pattern to draft a bib pattern to make them into dungarees (overalls, for the US readers).
They are made in a soft slightly brushed navy cotton drill with a small amount of stretch, just enough for comfort. I made the bib bodice detachable by adding buttons inside the waistband to attach it to, so I can wear them just as trousers too. I lined the bodice with a lovely repro quilting cotton print that I now wish I had more of for a dress!
I put side seam pockets in, with a small facing section of the main fabric at the opening edge of the back half of the pocket to help prevent the lining peeking out if the pockets. Anyone know a technical term for this? I feel like it ought to have a specific name.
Anyways, I suspect they’ll get worn to death- I’ve already worn them four or five times in the couple of weeks since making them!
Today I have images from Votre Mode magazine, dated 10th may 1956 over on my blog. Enjoy!
Votre Mode, 10th May 1956
Pages from my latest purchase, two books of drafting from the Haslam System, dating from the late 40s.
One contains draftings for lingerie, blouses and skirts, and some maternity wear:
The second book is for Spring and Summer designs; lots of dresses with some coats and suits.
Lots more including some drafting diagrams for lingerie on my blog here.