Now, if you all have been paying attention recently, you will have noticed the above button on our sidebar. And, if you haven't already clicked on it, I suggest you do to get all the details. But, for your sake(s), I will give you a brief overview of what the sew-along is all about.
Rochelle at Lucky Lucille has given, all who will take it, a challenge to sew a 1940's, or 1940's inspired garment, starting Feb. 4th (quite a few weeks ago, I know!) and ending on March 31st. We all have to have our garments finished by that deadline so we can all participate in the "Sew for Victory" project parade! Sounds fun, don't you think? Oh, and there's a flickr group too (you're going to have to click on the button to get to that link).
So, what am I making? This:
Yes, dear readers, I am going to attempt to recreate this vintage 1940's dress! With some changes of course. ;)
The first change is, in the spirit of the 1940's "make do and mend", I am making this dress from fabric I already have, which isn't the same color scheme as the original; and in this case is actually an old homespun costume skirt of mine (yes, there's enough yardage in that skirt to squeeze a whole dress onto).
The second change, is I am making the corners of the sailor collar go all the way to the back, not sitting on my shoulders, like the original.
And I believe I am going to be using more buttons than just two. ;P
So, where on earth am I getting the pattern to make this dress? I am drafting it! WHOOPEE!!!
Well, drafting should actually be in the past tense because I already drafted the pattern, and made the mockup.
And I actually used a vintage pattern drafting method to boot!
Now, for those of you who haven't heard of the Haslam System of Dresscutting, I highly suggest you look into it! It is (this next part sung in a high pitched wavery voice) "Awesome!" And I will give you a link, just so that you don't have an excuse not to look it up! Here you go!
If you can't tell by the above pictures, I have already cut out my dress, and appliqued the bias tape onto my sailor collar! "Fun stuff!" as my Mom would say.
Hope you all have a blessed day, and a wonderful rest of the week!
The Middle Sister and Singer