Hello my dears! Sorry about the silence lately. All of the members of the BFS team have come down with flu-like symptoms, including yours truly. But the show must go on! So, today I am sharing two of my most recent makes, and it just so happens that what I have to post today ties in two out of the three themes of our most recent entries: Velvet and a What I Made. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Most of you will recognize this blouse from an outfit post from quite a few weeks ago. It is made out of wool jersey from a slightly modified version of View A of McCall 9053, the pattern I used for my flex-sleeve blouse. As you might remember from my Autumn/Winter wardrobe inspiration post, I had decided upon this particular pattern, and was going to add some decorative quilting to the collar, yoke and cuffs. However, I ended up ditching the idea of quilting decoration on the yoke and collar because of the modifications that I had to make to the pattern.
I actually had barely enough wool (1 yard. Sheesh, Brigid! buy more next time!) to fit the blouse on. I ended up nixing the front facing, taking advantage of the fact that jersey has some stretch to it to eliminate the buttons and apply a zipper to the neckline instead. All I did was created a seam at the center front line, and then centered the 5 inch zipper at the top of the seam. This worked REALLY well, and the result was this wonderful wool sports blouse. I rather liked the softness of the jersey, so I didn’t interface either the collar or the cuffs. I also left the design rather simple instead of fulfilling my original plan of decorative quilting, as it would have been a bit incongruous with the casualness with which the blouse was imbued due to the zipper
Ah, now onto another piece from my Autumn/Winter Wardrobe plans! In the sketches I drew up I was originally planning on using Butterick 6115 for this skirt, but a few things caused me to change my mind. One, I really, REALLY wanted to make a winter version of my lovely chambray skirt since I liked the summer version so much. Plus I ended up finally making up my mind to sew the whole thing to wear for Thanksgiving two days before we left on holiday for that esteemed feast. Yikes! Yeah, a ten-gored skirt wasn’t going to be able to be sewn up in that short amount of time. 😀
Fabric: Fog Cotton Velveteen from The Fabric Market / Notions: Grosgrain ribbon for interfacing the waistband, hooks and eyes, snap, zipper, bias binding and hem tape all from stash / Pattern: Self-drafted copy of New York 719
I am very pleased with the end result of my hap-hazard decision making. I like this skirt so much better than I think I would have liked the original ten-gored plan. Oh, and you will be happy to hear that I did manage to finish the whole thing, bias-bound seams and hand-prick-stitched zipper included, before we left on our Thanksgiving trip.*
To get to a few details regarding the skirt: I feared the velveteen would be too thick to make a nice waistband if I just folded it over twice, so I decided to back it with grosgrain ribbon instead. Unfortunately the thickness of the waist seam does show through though, but what can you do? Velveteen is just thick like that. And I’m at least thankful it is an even line all the way around. 🙂
Ah, the sunshine yellow binding and yellow zig-zag stitching was a necessary, but cheery decision. I didn’t have any binding in the proper color, and since the velveteen’s color was designated as “fog” I decided to shine some sunlight on the foggy skirt with some sunshine yellow binding and hem-stitching. Worked out quite nicely, I think, though I am going to have to go back and redo some of the bias binding since it wasn’t fully attached somehow, and came detached from the seam in the wash. Botheration!
Overall, I am very, very pleased with the wearability and style of this 1940s inspired Sportswear ensemble. The silhouettes fit in perfectly with the other pieces from my slowly growing vintage-inspired Autumn/Winter wardrobe. The velveteen is so soft, and the wool jersey of the blouse is surprisingly un-scratchy, though I always wear an undershirt with it so I don’t have to wash the blouse as often. I foresee more pieces like this one in my future. Perhaps a corduroy skirt, and a few more wool jersey blouses in different colors? We shall see.
What do you think of my 1940s Sports Separates?
Have you ever made something from velveteen? What about wool jersey?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer
* Though I was finishing the very last stitches in the hem literally 10 minutes before we headed out the door. And I ran out of thread too, so I was digging in my scrap-thread bin to find lengths of the right color long enough to finish the hem. Providentially there was enough. 😀