Pattern Review – Simplicity 1692

One of my sewing goals for 2016 was to use up my fabric stash AND finally create some lovely things with the boxes of vintage patterns I’ve been hoarding.  By coincidence, an acquaintance gave me this lovely floral rayon fabric that looks EXACTLY like the print used on the front of the Simplicity 1692 pattern envelope!

I was a bit hesitant to work on 1940’s pieces as they are not usually flattering for curvy girls right out of the envelope.  I knew I’d have to make a few changes, but I think all in all it turned out pretty well.

I eliminated one set of back darts, added a bit of ease at the waist to make it a pullover style (no side zipper needed), and altered the cuffs to mimic the neck binding.  I liked the cute little bows so I kept them at the sleeve hem.

I think I will definitely make this again, but next time I’ll alter the pattern to add more ease in the sleeves, change the bodice back to a button closure, and add a bit of length to the hem.

Now I need a flirty white linen skirt to match!

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Vintage Pattern Review – Caftan & Shorts

Here’s another vintage look I created for Pittsburgh Fashion Week.  It’s also ‘Take II’ of vintage Simplicity 7441.  This time I lengthened the pattern to make an ankle length caftan with deep side slits up to the waist and placed the facings on the outside instead of the inside for a cheery splash of color.  The fabric is a lightweight linen-look ivory fabric with a colorful retro stripe cotton for the shorts and facings.

I LOVE how this set turned out and I think that my lovely model Melissa totally rocked it with hot pink sandals and bright bangles!

 

 

Vintage Pattern Review: Assymetric Wrap Skirt

I don’t know about you but I ADORE wrap skirts.  They are so easy to wear and can be created in an endless array of colors and (even normally avoided) prints.  As of late, I have been hooked onto this sweet number 4287 by Butterick, circa 1969.  It has extra long wraparound ties, two side pockets and a funky asymmetric hem!

This pattern is so quick and simple to whip up with only 4 pattern pieces.  I only had to make a couple of minor adjustments to accommodate my non-size 8 body, but no other changes were necessary.  I thought the pocket a cute feature as it doesn’t require a separate pattern piece, you just fold it back and stitch it to the skirt body!

I did one skirt up in a funky cotton tribal print, one in a lovely peacock print (wish I had more of this fabric), one in a retro circle print, and one in a poly satin stripe.  I’m thinking next I might do a lightweight corduroy for Fall or cotton eyelet for summer.

The swimsuit however, being a size 8, is completely out of the question, so…