Hello dears! I am so pleased to be able to share this latest sewing endeavor of mine with all of you! This project marks a few new milestones for me: 1. I drafted the patterns for every single thing I am wearing (sans delightful head covering, courtesy of Garlands of Grace); 2. I finally made myself a capsule collection (several pieces that all work together); 3. I managed to get these three pieces out of just 5 yards of material! But what are the pieces you ask? Oh sorry! I’m getting ahead of myself here, aren’t I? Well, let’s see what I have been sewing then!
I have been wanting to make myself a sun-top for ages and ages. Well, at least since last summer. I knew I wanted it to be modest (high front, high back), but very wearable in the sticky heat that is an Ohio Summer. Sorry folks, cotton t-shirts just won’t cut it anymore! So, after altering a basic dress pattern to create a sloper (technical jargon for a foundation pattern that you use to draft every other pattern off of. Even Jessica doesn’t know what I’m talking about half the time, so don’t feel bad if you don’t either. 😀 ), I set about creating a princess seamed sun-top. I wanted something that I could wear not only with a skirt, but also with my Linden Lady pants. In other words, I wanted a two piece sun dress, as well as a chambray 1930s beach pajama set, all using the same top. And, that’s what I got!
The sun-top buttons up the back with the most delightful mustard buttons and ye olde favorite: bound buttonholes. The hemline of the top hits just about at my hips. And while there are a few tweaks I had to make to the pattern after I finished the top (confound those un-noticeable fit issues that only show up once something is finished!), I am pretty happy with how it came out. The armholes and neckline are all high enough for my standards, the top is nice and cool for the summer, and it goes with my skirt and palazzo pants just like I planned. Speaking of which, let’s move on to the skirt, shall we?
Sun-Top Pattern: Self-drafted // Skirt Pattern: Self-drafted, based on New York 719 // Fabric: Cotton Chambray from Fabric Mart // Notions: 9″ zipper for skirt; 6, 1″ buttons for top; 3/4 yard of 2″ grosgrain for skirt waistband; hooks and eyes and snaps for skirt waistband
So, a few months ago I found the most delightful late 1940s/early 1950s wardrobe pattern on Etsy for only $4.00, New York 719. It was in the wrong size (ahem, about 4 sizes too big!), but I figured I would get it anyway to help me out with figuring out the pattern shapes, etc. I didn’t have a use for the blouse pattern (yet. I AM going to make it for the fall!), so I set to work figuring out how the skirt worked. Simple enough! It was merely an a-line skirt with a box pleat at center front and back, with a zipper hidden beneath the center back pleat; it had a 2″ waistband and the nicest giant pockets you have ever seen! I ended up drafting the pattern for everything but the pockets (which I copied from the original pattern), since the size of patch pockets doesn’t change with the size of a skirt pattern. And I have to say, I LOVE this skirt! The pleats do unfortunately lose their shape after a full day’s wear, even though I stitched along the inner fold lines, but that’s nothing a good ironing can’t fix! And the pockets are simple lovely! Though I think next time I want to line them so they hold their shape a bit better. They keep wanting to collapse and look all droopy.
Oh, and just as an aside, look what I found on Instagram the night after I had drafted the pattern for my skirt. A wee bit too coincidental, no? Somehow I always manage to make something, or come up with an idea, and then right after, I see a version of it in some store or online somewhere, or in a vintage magazine I’ve never looked through before!
Oh joy! The beach pajama ensemble! I am excited about this for more than one reason. Not only do I finally get a pair of 1930s beach pajamas, and not only are the pants made from my Linden Lady pattern, but this particular pair of Linden Ladies marks a bit of progress with Brijee Patterns: The Standard sized version Linden Lady is almost done! Yes dears, this latest pair of Linden Ladies was a mock-up for the new standardized version of the Linden Lady pattern. There are still some tweaks and such that I need to make to the pattern instructions, etc. but you should be seeing a re-release of the Linden Lady in 10 standard sizes in a few weeks or more! Yay!
Pattern: Brijee Pattern’s Linden Lady // Fabric: Cotton Chambray from Fabric Mart // Notions: 9″ zipper, hook and eye // Seam finishes: Welt seams on the leg seams, and faux french seam on the crotch seam
And I just have to point out my lovely head wrap before I sign off. As soon as I saw this lovely Cecily in Vintage Dots in Red, I knew, just knew it would be the perfect piece to complete my beach pajama/chambray capsule wardrobe. And boy it was positively perfect! It’s my favorite accessory to wear with my new capsule collection!
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What do you think of my capsule wardrobe?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer