|Doris Day and friend|
Note that both those ladies used navy and white check gingham, emphatically not pink. But I was using up leftover fabric from the stash. That's it all gone now. Phew!
|Love Hearts Candy Blouse from 2010|
In its favour? I like the buttons. It looks OK with a cardigan on top and is just long enough to tuck into the waistband of my Eva Dress 1940's trousers.
So, what have I done with my fabric this time?
Oh look! It's another pink puff-ball blouse!
|"Out" with Japanese pattern trousers|
|"In" with 1940s Eva Dress pattern trousers|
Pattern: Simplicity 5441 from 1964, size 14 (34 inch bust)
Fabric: Gingham from the depths of the stash, bought to make a dress for my daughter when she was still young enough to wear pink... so probably ten years ago. Price unknown.
White waffle shirting from Croftmill for the collar, £4 per metre.
A bit of a stinker. I wrote Part One on Sunday.
I think the collar fabric was a bad match for the lightweight gingham, especially once interfaced. The waffle shirting has a lovely crisp finish, but its weight overwhelmed the soft gingham, which kept getting caught up in odd folds and puckers in the most unexpected places.
In particular, the neck facing was a ruffled mess, requiring painstaking unpicking and re-stitching despite careful pinning. I was so distracted by the issues at the front neck that I misunderstood the instructions for the back and sewed the edge of the buttonbands flush with the collar edge - wrong!
|Back view with a brooch to fasten neck|
Of course, the reason I can get it over my head is that it is really rather big. I took it in by about an inch on each side and it is definitely better now.
Eight darts have to release their fabric somewhere, and in this case it all comes puffing out around the bust / middle back. This is a phenomenon I have grown accustomed to with my Sencha blouses... and I accept that they have to be tucked in. However, I had been hoping this would be an "overblouse". Nope. It does absolutely nothing for me left loose. I look like a big pink puffy top-heavy marshmallow. And considering I only have a 32 inch chest, that's pretty impressive.
|"In" with Simplicity 2654 shorts|
Well, you know, I will wear it. But it is not going to fill the wardrobe gap I identified for tops to wear "out" over narrow trousers, for that Audrey-esque silhouette. Unless I add a cardigan or a little jacket... and actually, that's the most likely scenario in this climate.
As for its pinkness, maybe I need to toughen it up a bit with some sugar-free accessories. Maybe add a black bow at the centre of the collar? A lariat? A pistol? A chicken under each arm? A sleeve tattoo? Any other ideas?
I think I've had enough of
But more to the point, will I use this pattern again? This was supposed to be a "muslin" after all.
It was an awful lot of work for something so simple-looking. Really, there's not much more to it style-wise than the Sorbetto and some people run those up in an hour or so.
And there's a reason I have never made a Sorbetto. I am uncomfortable with a shape that draws so much attention to my bust without hinting at a waist. This pattern has not one but two set of darts pointing at my chest, and I feel like I am advertising uplifting underwear. And yet, I could eat pie and chips for every meal for a month and you would be none the wiser. There is acres of space around the tummy region.This is a pattern to flatter a girl with a full bust and no waist. I have a small bust and a defined waist.
Am I complaining that it is "too vintage"? Maybe that's my problem. Evelyn left a comment to that effect the other day. I look at that photo of Doris Day and her turkey and I want to pull her blouse down a bit, to stop it blossoming out so far in front. Oh dear! Maybe this is just not my era! Or I am more of an Audrey than a Doris? Would I have saved myself a lot of trouble by drawing a croquis and analysing the pattern construction before I started?
The biggest irony of all is that I only decided to make this pattern as a practice-run for a similar Simplicity pattern from the same period, 7457. And my copy is sized to fit a 36 inch bust: even bigger!
But it does have fewer darts. And I know that it will require grading down at least 3 inches before I even get so far as to cut out the fabric, so I will be less likely to just wing it.
So... it could be said that the two projects have very little in common after all.
And I will probably need to make a muslin of the 7457.
What was I thinking?!