Do you have any UFOs in your sewing room? These are the unfinished objects or projects you started but didn’t quite finish. At The Sew Weekly Challenge, we are attempting to finish one of these UFOs this week. You can find my post here.
Before I started on this outfit, I had two UFOs.
This outfit which was planned for St.Patricks week until my son insisted that I wear dresses to pick him up from school which instantly created a strong need for a casual dress wardrobe. That was exactly what I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating. The second UFO I have is an animal print pendrell blouse in knit which I have cut and have every intention of wearing for Made-Me March 2011. Which means I have two days to get it done and wear it! Gotta get going on that project!
The Pattern Review
I scored this lovely 1955 blouse/shorts/skirt vintage pattern from etsy sometime back and it has been on my must sew list. Of the shorts/ blouse patterns I have seen this has quite a flattering and cute design and the possibilities are endless. Using the same fabric for top and bottom like on the pattern cover or in contrast. I can see myself creating a few of these separates to wear with each other or other garments.
The instructions were clear but as this was the first time I sewed shorts cuffs that ended with a button band, I did spent sometime figuring that portion out. I think they could have turned out better if I have had some practice but I didn’t have anymore of the scrap fabric to make changes so I talked myself into living with them the way they looked.
The pattern recommended an 8 inch zipper for the blouse. That worked but i think a 10 inch one might have been even better. The shorts fitted well at the waist, has a side zipper/ eye & hook and the waistband is finished with grosgrain ribbon which surprisingly worked marvelously!
I love the surprise find in the pattern envelope. An original receipt dated 14 June (no year though) and it only cost 52 cents!!!
The gallery and photoshoot
Meet my hike and seek outfit made using an echino green glasses fabric and scrap ikea home decor fabric. You will notice that I created four pleats with piping down the front of the blouse. I accidentally cut the front of the blouse too wide as I didn’t notice that the previous user of the vintage pattern didn’t cut away the tissue next to the front centre fold. So, to rectify the situation, pleats were created.
Step 3: Trim, clip and notch seams allowance.