Three Times the Charm Outfit | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Black and White Woolie, ~$.50, thrifted; white cotton stuff, $5 new from Spotlight; black cotton for jacket lining, thrifted ~$.10
Patterns: McCall's 6492 $2 and Butterick 4386 $?
Years: 1962 and 1989
Notions: invisible zipper for the skirt, stash and interfacing, $.10
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn: Just the top half, June 2011
Wear again: Yes, 2/3 ain't bad!
Total Cost: ~$10
This week, I wanted to set the stakes high! I needed some crazy odds to get myself over the line by a nose! Any racing term you can think of, I had it this week! I wanted a full outfit, like those 'My Fair Lady' ladies & gentlemen, but just a modern looking one. Pulling at the bit, frothing at the mouth, whipping myself into shape, you name it, I was there!
I had only two pieces of black and white fabric in my stash, and one is just too incredible to cut right now (floral, with a border print and 1960s era – am waiting for the right vintage pattern) so I found my trusty woolie check fabric still had enough steam in it to make a few more garments. I've made 2 dresses previously from this thrifted black and white check stuff (I orginally had about 7 metres of it, thrifted too!), so I'm proud to say, it's finally STASH BUSTED!
Once I settled on making the jacket of McCalls 6492, I didn't have enough fabric left for the gored skirt, so along came Butterick 4386, as the skirt looked like it'd be out in front as a sure fire winner of the three garments. For the McCalls white blouse, I picked up a remnant of white lawn (with a light stripe through it) at Spotlight when I got the interfacing for the jacket.
The wonderful thing about McCalls 6492 is that a former seamstress owned it (and a few other 1950s and 1960s patterns in my stash) and had made a lot of notes and personal adjustments. All the pattern pieces were used but totally cared for and whilst I felt a little sad changing some of those resizing cuts and slashes, I felt incredibly part of her thought process and it's such a unique way of learning drafting techniques.
It was a epic full day of sewing for these three, but it was the jacket that took up more than half that time. Whilst it wasn't tricky, it's just those time consuming things like handsewing, and doing the lining and those darling darts on all the pieces (one elbow dart this time!). I resized the waist and the sleeves, so the fit is amazing but it needs a bit of wear to ease the stiffness. And I cut a little corner by machine stitching most of the lining (the pattern asks you to *handstitch* every lining seam) and it turned out fine.
Once I finished the jacket, I quickly made the skirt and after a few fittings, confirmed that 'front pleats' and a 'slightly tapered skirt' are not the most flattering on my body type. I had some suspicions about these tummy and waist techniques with some other garments I've made this year, and I think darts (carefully placed) are my most favourite. The pleats and the shape of the skirt (which I thought would be more pencil on me) just doesn't look right, so I could change the pleats to darts and taper it even more. If you are petite and have round hips and a little waist, what's the best fitted skirt shape, I wonder?
Lastly the singlet blouse took less than an hour to make up! I discovered the pattern wanted a side zipper (no way, blouses shouldn't have zippers!), so ditching the instructions I turned the whole thing on the bias, cut it shorter and bias taped the sleeves instead of underlining. So it was the blouse that became the real fast winner today, and left that easy skirt stuck at the gates! I love the top half of this outfit, so 2/3 ain't bad odds!
My vintage hat has no label, but feels 1960s mod, and was thrifted about 10 years ago. I've worn it several times to some country race meetings, AND been a finalist in Fashions on the Field for one Cup Day where I wore entirely black and white! So it had to make an appearance for this week's B&W theme! I just picked up these vintage gloves last week, and really needed them for it was FREEZING! But where am I…?
If you've ever been to the Melbourne Cup (the race that stops a nation!), you'll recognise Flemington Racecourse and the famous cup winner Makybe Diva statue here in my photos. Husbie and I snuck in early this week and it was so beautiful and quiet. A few horses were training on the course, and the roses were just divine!
In a weird co oincidence, after I made 3 garments, I've learnt that Makybe Diva won the Melbourne cup three times in a row, the race is for three year old horses and over, is 3,200 metres long and starts at 10 to three in the afternoon every year. Three times the charm, perhaps?
And it certainly was a photo finish!? Tee hee!