The “Something old, borrowed and blue” outfit | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Skirt – 1.5 yards of burgundy wool ($4 a yard); Top – 1.5 yards vintage fabric ($8 total)
Pattern: Skirt – Simplicity 2343 ($15.95); Top -Vintage Simplicity 4808 ($10)
Year: c. 2010 (skirt) and c.1960s (top)
Notions: Buttons for top (vintage – $1); zipper for skirt ($2.50)
Time to complete: Skirt – 4 hours and Top – 2 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: $~40 for whole outfit!
This "Something borrowed, something blue" challenge was the perfect way to start experimenting with vintage patterns – I recently bought some beautiful blue floral vintage fabric and was ready to jump right in!
Things I have learned about vintage patterns: 1) people were weird shapes back them and be weird, I mean proportionate. 2) seamstresses from back in the day were total masters of their craft, as the directions (which I swear I followed to the letter this time!) are vague. They must have known exactly what to do when they sat down at the machine!
After giving myself a "Go get 'em champ!" pep talk, I dove right in and was surprised at how intuitive the pattern actually was. After two hours, I was done with a perfect top to wear when the weather gets warm, which is all the time in Houston or even during "winter" (read – 60 or below!) with tights and a blazer.
Since my quest for good separates is just starting, I figured that a burgundy skirt would be a good basic piece that could easily mix and match with my other clothes. Simplicity 2343 was perfect for this – it was easy, cute and had pockets. Pockets people! Thanks to the awesome Ruthie for giving me the pattern!
Do you sew with vintage patterns or materials? What tips do you have for us newbies out there – tell us in the comments!