The ‘Now or Never’ Outfit | Debi Fry
Time to complete: 3 hours in 2009; 4 hours in 2011
Wear again? YES!
Total Cost: ~£12
This week I decided to visit my oldest UFO. I have a few more exciting UFOs waiting in my pile (like the sequined blouse) but this UFO declared that it was either now or never. So I said, 'NOW, please!' You see way back when (2009) I sewed up a fabulous 50's outfit from Simplicity 3879 (which I believe is now a Simplicity repro pattern):
I made the super fabulous bolero from the pattern and a pencil skirt (a last minute change of heart after I had already cut out the material for the full skirt). I love the outfit I made and wear it all the time (weather permitting):
Well at the same time that I started this outfit, I also started sewing the halter top from the Simplicity pattern. But something happened. The pattern totally stumped me. I found the halter top complicated and challenging. And then something really bad happened…while I was working on the project I found the perfect Ready to Wear top that went with my skirt and bolero! On a sale rack no less. Into the UFO pile the perplexing halter top went and it's been ignored ever since.
Until this week.
It was either now or never. You see we've been having some lovely days here (I've counted 4 stellar days in the last month!!) AND I have an upcoming work trip to Lisbon (rough, I know!) where I know it will be HOT! I don't really have much in the way of warm weather clothes. So this piece really fills the gap. Plus, the first skirt I ever made from a 1940's pattern is made from the exact same purple fabric as the halter top (this is the skirt I am wearing in these photos). So I've already got my me-made mix-and-match separates. Lastly, I recently picked up some fabulous accessories from my favourite Scottish store, Ness, which definitely compliments the purple colour!
David also helped out complete the outfit this week by making the matching belt. You see my sister is in town and we visited the Ness shop in Edinburgh. She walked away with a pair of cute tartan wellies and I came away with these adorable ballet flats and matching skirt. But I really wanted a matching belt too. Ness, unfortunately doesn't make belts in their tartans….BUT they did have a matching scarf. I got a really easy to use belt kit from Sunni over at A Fashionable Stitch (after learning the hard way that I don't really like making belt patterns with just interfacing). Since my sister is in town, there has been little extra free time for sewing (I've been getting up really early to get in a few hours). David knew I wanted to make the belt and offered to do it for me (awwwww). It is AMAZING! Plus there is still plenty of scarf left over to use as, well, a scarf!!
So, cute accessories aside, how was it revisiting the perplexing pattern instructions two years later with a bit of sewing already under my belt? Easy peasy. I think what was initially confusing me was the bias underfacing (something I had never done up to that point). Though I do admit the fit was still a bit difficult and I ended up making the halter top too big and had to take it in by about 2 inches in the bust area (despite having done a fitting stage).