The “Never Fear, It Will Appear” Outfit | Debi Fry
Fabric: Wool flannel £4 for 4 yards, £4 for faux fur fabric (0.25 yards)
Patterns: EvaDress SE30-6690 Ladies' Two-Piece Suit
Year: c. 1931
Notions: Vintage zipper- £.05
Time to complete: not yet complete…so far I've worked on it 8 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes, I adore the skirt and look forward to finishing the jacket!
Total Cost: ~£8.00
Have you ever had one of those weeks? When you are completely buried under work or things constantly come up that prevent you from sewing? When you do actually get to sewing, you're still thinking about everything else on your plate? This has definitely been one of those weeks!!
My outfit for this week's theme is inspired by the 1972 movie Travels with my Aunt which is set in the 1920's with one of my favorite actresses–Maggie Smith:
I decided to use the Eva Dress pattern for a 1931 suit. I've been wanting to make this for a long time. It's the perfect suit for winter and when I found some incredibly cheap wool flannel, I knew it was a match made in heaven (not to mention some of my left over faux fur for the collar and sleeves!)
This week also corresponded with some big deadlines at work–so, unfortunately I didn't get to finish the jacket. You know me, I always tend to take on more than I can chew. I'm very attracted to unusual patterns (and often complex patterns). Some weeks it works and some weeks it's too much even for my usual enthusiastic self :-) But the good thing is it's always fun trying!
I'm super happy with how the skirt portion of the pattern came out. I wasn't sure about the length but I really like it. The pattern is a reproduction of an early McCall pattern, so the instructions are very sparse! I think the instructions are to 'sew the skirt' or something like that. Ok, maybe it is 'sew the seams of the skirt' but there's nothing about a waistband or hem or even which side of the skirt to sew to which side. Luckily, there were lots of little notches on the skirt pattern to figure it out. I also cut out a long bias strip and attached it as facing to finish the waist without a waistband.
The jacket is also shaping up to be really nice. Here's how it looks so far (it's sitting on top of my dress from last week). I managed to get a fair bit done. There's still a lot left to do including the sleeves, facings, and the belt.
I love the details on the jacket including the neat trim and shape of the sleeves. I look forward to completing the jacket and wearing the two pieces together! So….never fear, it will (eventually) appear :-)