Hello dearies! Boy, it seems like an age and an age since I was last on this little old blog! SO much has happened in the past week I can barely believe that it was truly just last Tuesday that we recorded our second CD, and just last Friday that we met up with Ashley and her sisters! But life moves on, and so do we. Speaking of the blogger meet-up, I have been working on a little suit for myself that I decided to finish up just in time for our trip to Indiana. Would you like to see?
Fabric Mart was having a sale on their cotton section a few weeks ago, so I decided it was high time for me to add to my stash of summer weight cottons (which had decreased to a meager 1 on the contents list). Straight away I added a pink and white seersucker, and a nice chambray to my cart, and within a week or so there they were sitting on my doorstep, ready to be sewn up into the clothing of my choice. I had bought the seersucker with the initial idea of making up Simplicity 1590 (view B originally, but I switched to view A after thinking through the impracticalities of a collar in the sweaty summer Ohio weather), a lovely 1940s peplum blouse. So, according to the pattern’s yardage requirements I bought 1.5 yards of the 54″ wide material. Well, in the end (with some creative placement of the peplum pattern piece) I had enough fabric to not only cut out a blouse, but also the skirt from Simplicity 3688! I still cannot believe that I was actually able to squeeze a whole summer suit out of less than two yards of material!
For the buttons I covered some plastic shank buttons which we had in our stash, as well as some rings, then sewed them together to create “couture” buttons, and added a thread shank (bother! the tutorial I wanted to link seems to have disappeared. Perhaps I should do a tutorial on that…) . I think they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Oh! And I finally discovered a way to make nice looking bound buttonholes! If you all would like (though I think I will do it regardless of what you say… 😀 ) I will post a tutorial for making bound buttonholes as well within the next week or so, since they are useful for everything from a seersucker blouse to View 3 Linden Lady Palazzo pants.
I also decided that I wanted to add the tie from View B, since I thought I would like to be able to adjust the “fit” of my blouse. I am so glad that I did. It finished it off so nicely. Another note: I didn’t interface the front facing (naughty me!), since I didn’t want to mess with the natural texture of the seersucker. So far it seems to be a good choice, but we shall see over time.
Now as for the skirt, cutting it out, my dears, was a feat of ingenuity in and of itself! Thank goodness that stripes are a two way design, otherwise it could not have been done! Over the past few months I have avoided making skirts as much as possible, as I could never seem to get the waistband to exactly the right fit, or stability that I wanted. Well, thanks to this amazing Threads video, I am no longer afraid of the little problem that we call a waistband. If you are like me, and like your skirts to sit at your natural waist, and not slowly creep down an inch or two, while your blouse slowly becomes un-tucked and sloppy looking, then you absolutely MUST watch the Threads video about stabilizing a waistband. I followed all the steps, from the Petersham ribbon, to the snaps and hook and eye fastening, and I have officially dubbed this seersucker skirt my new favorite! It fits so nicely, and the silhouette is so nice… AH! I LOVE IT!!!
Oh yes, the finishing details. All of the seams were pinked (sorry people, the stitch-counter in me can no longer bear overlocked seams on a homemade 1940s garment), and the hem of the skirt was finished with seam binding. I added two different kinds of lace at the collar, a net type on the bottom, and a narrower crocheted-type lace on top. I think it added a nice touch, taking the whole ensemble to the next level of sophistication.
As I was in the process of cutting out my suit, I decided to look on Etsy and see if my idea for a seersucker suit was authentic. Well, not only did I find a pink peplum suit, but I also found a blue and white seersucker PEPLUM suit as well! Oh, and I also just found a delightful yellow eyelet peplum suit too. So authenticity? check!
So the verdict? I love this outfit so much, I am totally going to be wearing it as much as possible this Summer. I have even decided (though my fickle mind is wont to change) to make a chambray version of the skirt, along with a coordinating top, though I am still not sure whether the top will be a peplum top like this one, or some other contrivance of a blouse… we shall see!
Have you ever made a two-piece dress suit?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer
P.S. Please excuse the wrinkles! These photos were taken after we had driven two and a half hours to Indiana, and I had laughed, chatted, and drunk a mini Starbucks frappe, among other things. So, yes, wrinkles! Who knew even seersucker could accumulate such things?