I used a pattern from the late 1940's, which also includes a "suspender dress", aka "pinafore", and although I loved the total look, I was initially wary of making myself a school uniform.
But what I didn't realise until I had finished making it, was that this is a very short blouse, with an elasticated hem which gathers the hemline evenly round the waist. It will be perfect under the pinafore, but is slipping out of my highest-waisted trousers in a really annoying way.
So, my next project will be the matching dress, in black cotton sateen from the stash.
Vintage pattern in a teenage-d size 15.
Coral pink gingham bought when my daughter was a little girl, intended to make her a summer dress. This would not have been my first colour choice for myself, but I thought it suited the style!
Turquoise 1940's heart buttons from Clover Crafts and Curios at eeebaaay. They are a beautiful, solid and smooth moulding, with a squared-off shank at the back and a little groove for the needle to slide easily through.
I used turquoise thread for the buttonholes for harmony's sake... and because I had run out of pink.
It was a very interesting project. The pattern was "unprinted" so all the usual markings were indicated by perforations in the tissue. Seam allowances were only 3/8 " instead of the usual 5/8", so I was chanting "three eighths" under my breath as I sewed, to avoid a fatal fitting error!
I really really like the collar, which fitted on to the v-cut neckline without the slightest problem and would be a great place to perch a couple of swallow brooches like these! Or some embroidery would work?
The sleeves are just-above elbow length, and remind me of Judy Garland's outfit in the Wizard of Oz. Don't you think?
It is going to be fine... once I make the matching dress.