“Waiting for the bell” outfit | Adey Lim
Fabric: 1.5 metres white cotton from stash $4.50 and 1.5 metres purple/ black/ white/ teal wool blend diagonal plaid fabric from emmaonesock sale $10.50
Pattern: Simplicity 3719
Year: c. 1940s
Notions: Invisible zipper and 4 white buttons from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours each
First worn: August 2011, I have already worn the skirt twice!
Wear again? Skirt definitely, blouse unsure ???
Total Cost: ~$15
I didn’t plan to sew a skirt and blouse this week. My original plan of sewing a blouse and jumper from Du Barry 5475 using this brown and raspberry plaid fabric went down the drain when the fabric became wonky after a hand wash. That has never happened to me before and I am not sure if it is possible to savage the fabric. Those unsightly “waves” on the fabric became untamable and return shortly after ironing. There goes Plan A.
The only plaid fabric left in my stash was a diagonal plaid I bought recently. It was a wool blend fabric and I had planned to use it for outerwear but upon receiving the fabric, I realized that though it had wool content, it was very light weight. I searched my pattern collection (how that has grown since the start of Sew Weekly challenge!) and decided to sew the skirt and blouse from Simplicity 3719 for two reasons. I was undecided between sewing a skirt or jumper and using this pattern bought me some extra decision-making time while work was in progress. Secondly, the pattern came with two back pieces and three front pieces with pleats that overlaps. This meant I didn’t have to line the skirt despite the fabric being a little sheer on its own. What I love most about this fabric is it is seriously crinkle free!
Its my first time working with diagonal plaids and I find it more challenging to match these compared to straight forward normal plaids. In order to match the front, back and sides, I cut the fabric pieces one by one and lined them up as I went along. Instead of matching the plaids, I decided from the start that I wanted to match the white dashes as they stood out the most on the fabric. The front centre came as one piece on the pattern and in order to match the dashes, I cut the centre pieces as two pieces and added seam allowance to them which worked well. The front piece has pleated front centre pieces and two side front pieces with a zig zag chevron white dash design while the back (in photo below) also comes with a centre pleat, two darts and a single chevron white dash design.
I love the feel and design of this skirt so much I told myself I have to make more of them! And I am not even that into skirts.
The 40s blouse pattern is lovely. My favourite parts are the sleeves which are shaped by three pleats at the bottom and three darts on top (instead of the usual gathers), gathered front and back under the yoke and the dart shaping which creates a flattering bloused effect at the back.
My only complain is its length, I find it a little too short to be comfortably tucked in. I will need to lengthen from waist down when I sew from this pattern again.
Here’s how the skirt looks with a tee tucked in. Despite it being wool blend, I am utterly surprised that it is so wearable in Singapore’s humid weather. I would have totally written off anything with wool previously but this light weight fabric is just fabulous to wear!
Did I hear the bell? Now, off to the tennis court!