The “Hello, Sailor” Outfit
Fabric: Red, White Ribbed Knit – $8.00 for 2 yards; Blue denim – $0.30 for ~3 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 3688 (pants) for $1.99; Simplicity 9365 (shirt) for $0.20.
Notions: Vintage zipper for $0.05
Year: c. 1940s, 1971
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: March 2010
Wear again? Yes! Have and will wear again. A+++
Total Cost: $10.55
In my quest to recreate my Grandmother's outfit I've already created 2 shirts, a pair of pants and had to abandon a mess of a jacket. While this pants and shirt combo aren't going to make the cut for the final outfit, I certainly would consider them a success.
The pants are the oft-created Simplicity 3688 retro reissue. A bunch of bloggers have created these pants recently so I decided to dig up the pattern (I stock up on the retro reissues whenever Joann's is having a $1.99 pattern sale) and give it a go.
These pants were super easy to construct and it was only stupid mistakes on my part that slowed me down. I had to take them in a couple times because I worked from the largest size of my copy — I know that the next time I can work from a smaller size and save those time-consuming steps.
Other than sizing issues, I really liked working with the pattern. I added the buttons for a little nautical look and because I just can't stand having a front without any distraction from my stomach.
In my search for the perfect striped knit material, I haven't had much luck finding the perfect stripe width and color. So for this shirt, I took red ribbed knit and white ribbed knit and made the stripes from scratch. The back is solid red (as well as the bottom). This saved me from having to match my homemade stripes — a task I know I wouldn't have been able to do. I'm so not that sort of precise seamstress.
This was actually the second knit shirt I made (I made my first trial knit shirt this week as well). I really loved how this shirt turned out but the colors are just off for the look I'm going for with my grandma's outfit. And, since I hadn't noticed that the bodice piece had already been cut for the scoop-neck view, the shirt doesn't have the right neckline.
That said, it's the right neckline for my figure and I plan to make many more of these sassy ladies.
As far as the next steps for my original goal of recreating my grandma's outift, here's where I stand:
1. I'm going to give the jacket another go and instead of the brown gabardine (yuck) I picked out, I will be using a black stretch charmeuse from JoAnn's.
2. I picked up some striped knit fabric in black & white at SCRAP and it may or may not work.
3. I'm going to try to make another pair of pants in a darker blue or black.