Hello dearies! Today’s post has been a long time in coming, hasn’t it? I posted all the way back in January about the Andrews Sisters Military uniforms that we girls were planning on constructing for our upcoming singing season. You got to see a sneak peek of the nearly finished ensembles back in April. And finally today I get to share the finished uniform with you all!
When we started the process of planning these ensembles, I wanted them to be as accurate to the Andrews Sisters uniforms as possible. I knew we wouldn’t be able to get the exact colors, materials and such, and there were even some details I wanted to tweak, but I wanted the look, the silhouette, style lines, and components, to be spot on with the Andrews Sisters military uniforms. And, judging by the collage above, I think we succeeded in that effort.
Starting from the top down… the hat and ties were the pieces that I was unsure of in the original inspiration post. I ended up making them from this wool twill from Mood Fabrics. The ties are made from a free pattern from Purl Bee which I shortened a few inches, and currently have faux tie chains (shhh, don’t tell anyone! 😀 ). We just so happened to come across the perfect pattern, McCall 1204, for the hats on Etsy. After a few tweaks, it was positively perfect for the shape that we were after.
We bought our 100% leather handmade belts on Etsy as well. I love the fact that we were able to support some smaller, independent companies as we put these ensembles together. These belts were handmade by Mukshy. I was amazed at how quickly they arrived, considering they came across the pond from the UK.
Our shoes are actual reproductions, produced by Aris Allen, of original 1930s Swing Dance shoes. We purchased them at dancestore.com. They took a bit to break in, but they are now very comfy and our feet have never been sore since those first few wears. The best bit is the suede soles allow us to perform choreography without a hitch.
I already spoke of the skirt and blouse in the inspiration post, so you can stop by over there for the fabric and pattern details. I was so stoked when the pattern I drafted for the blouses came out “just so”. The fit is impeccable, and there are only a few things I would tweak next time. They look just like original WWII WAC blouses, which is exactly what I was going for. And the mobility of the sleeves is fantastic! I managed to draft them so we can lift up our arms to do a salute without pulling the blouses out of position.
What do you think of our new Andrews Sisters Military Uniforms?
Have you ever tried to recreate a historic outfit exactly?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer