Friday, April 18, 2008

Playing with patterns

Trying another of the op-shop patterns. This one is copyrighted 1974 ... I was 8 way back then! The pattern has never been used, wow ... that's saying something! It's a rather plain pattern, but there is something appealing about the cut and the front bodice.

As something completely new, I decided to tissue fit the pattern ... cut it all out carefully and pinned together. The pattern is a size 18 (yikes) but seems to be ok ... nothing major needs fixing, and as there are 1.5cm seam allowances, there is some measure of adjustment level involved. I bought some teal mechanical stretch fabric (150cm wide & $5.99/metre) ... it will fall beautifully and wash like a dream.

I was going to adjust to make 3/4 length sleeves, however will follow the pattern properly the first time. Who knows, I might just like it, and with winter coming up, the long sleeves may be handy.

The other issue I have is that it's falls just below the knee, whereas I tend to wear everything very long (just above the ankles - ballet length). Might give it a go, with black sheer stockings and black shoes, my legs might fade into the background ...

Will post pictures as they happen.

Mrs R


craftycherry said...

Hi there, I found your site through SS. Great blog I will look at it often for my sewing inspiration. I too have noticed the op shop patterns but am such a hopeless pattern sewer. I usually have to make one not so good full of mistakes outfit before the next one works out. My eldest daughter is in the operatic and Ive been helping out with the sewing. Anyway i discovered four chokka boxes of old patterns I could easily use/trace so am very excited about this. I too am making aprons from the site on your sidebar as well. Cheers Cherry

J-ME said...

Jen, when I look at your patterns, I can't help thinking how much fun you would have had going through all the old ones I had that I donated to the local thrift shop.... I think it's great that you are looking at older patterns and bringing back the styles!