Well dear readers, yes I mean all 3 of you!! You probably think I had given up on my Ready to Wear Fast, but au contraire mon ami's! So in this blogpost I will show you my most current project and then in I will post another showing you what I have done since my last post in April!
The Pattern Review website is currently running a contest asking contestants to use patterns in their stash that they have had for at least 6 months or over. No problem there! Buying patterns is my specialty! Not only do I buy new patterns, but I purchase them at estate sales and thrift stores as well as at an adorable store called the Knitten Kitten. So from my stash I chose a vintage Simplicity Pattern that I bought at a thrift store, I can't actually remember how long ago, suffice it to say over 6 months ago. I was attracted to the tailored but casual look of this simple dress from 1967! I do believe I wore something like this to go to see Sonny and Cher when my now husband and I were dating. I was also sporting blue patent leather shoes that killed my feet and a Carnaby hat. As a side note, my dear friend Donna, knowing that I have been a long time Cher fan, surprised me for my birthday with tickets to Cher's concert here in Portland on June 30!!! What great fun! That woman can still put on a show and looks fantastic at age 68!
This pattern had been cut and created (I assume) by the original owner who had made adjustments in the height, taking out about 2 inches which ended up being exactly right for me! She adjusted the pocket placement as well. I still made a partial muslin, leaving off the sleeves. Note to self, next time; make the sleeves. The armhole and sleeve are curiously small. I cut the size 12 and overall it fit with no further adjustments than what the previous owner had done. Although the muslin seemed to allow enough ease in the bust, I could have made an adjustment here. I will explain why in a minute!
The next interesting thing about using a vintage pattern (although I have to tell you, I have to swallow hard to realize that 1967 is vintage--yikes time flies!), is the assumption that you must have certain sewing skills. For examples when it came to the buttonholes the instructions say, "make bound buttonholes". That's it. Errr, I have never made bound buttonholes, so out came the books, you tube videos and blogposts. The best tutorial I found was by Sarai of Collette Patterns. I successfully created bound buttonholes for the first time! I placed the buttonholes as marked on the pattern, but they started almost an inch from the fold which made the bust area tighter than I had anticipated on the muslin. Lesson learned, don't just jump into making buttonholes, make sure the placement is correct for you!
The fabric is a printed cotton from the Mill End Store here in Portland--I liked the vintage feel of the floral pattern, and overall I am really pleased with the results and I feel I really learned a lot in the process. The next time I make it, I think I will use a solid that will show the details a little more and make a the few changes I mentioned above.
More to come!