Welcome to the 1970's: platform soles, v-necked pullovers, the Bay City Rollers and all!
Pattern: Butterick 3289, Young Designer Betsey Johnson of Alley Cat, Junior size 7. I added a centimetre to the back side pieces and reduced all the seams to 1cm in the hope that they would fit. Luckily I was having a numerate day!
Fabric: 2 metres of dark bitter Bournville chocolate chalk-striped cotton moleskin: seriously heavy, warm to the touch and gorgeous! From Croft Mill Fabrics, £5.50 a metre - sorry, it's sold out!
Button: Vintage, from the button box at my local charity shop, 5p. It is a chocolate button.
Zip: At the side instead of the back, which is a concept that scares me. Not exactly invisible, but it still goes up and down, and that was my priority! ; )
This was a really fun day of sewing! Once I had established that I had enough material (and we are talking about half a centimetre's gap between the edge of the pattern and the edge of the fabric on all four sides!) I pretty much threw myself into this project.
I am calling this a Finished Object, but I haven't actually hemmed them yet. I finally ordered a pair of simple black ankle boots: good quality, hopefully weather-resistant, plain boots. But when I went to try these on, they just screamed out to be worn with my ridiculously high tan wedges! And I discovered that I can get thick hand-knitted socks on comfortably with these shoes... which makes them borderline appropriate for winter wear. If only I thought I could negotiate the cobblestones of my work environment in them, without twisting my ankle! So I am waiting for boots to arrive before I make a hem-length decision.
They sang shangalang as they ran with the gang, singing doo-wop-sha-dooby-doo-aye!
|Vintage Blouse and 70's copper pendant|
And before you ask... yes, I do intend to wear them to work.
Have you got a problem with that, sir?
The question is: would it be totally ridiculous to make another pair in black?