The “Just Make a Jacket” Outfit
Fabric: Vintage batiste windmill fabric from Urban Burp $55; Teal suiting from Fabric Outlet, $9
Pattern: Butterick 5088, $8, Simplicity 2000, $1
Year: c. early 1930s
Notions: Three buttons, two belt buckles, $3.00
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? The jacket will definitely get non-Gatsby use!
Total Cost: ~$66
Apologies for getting this week's theme up so darn late. Yesterday was the Gatsby picnic and by the time I had got home, cleaned our picnic supplies and watched True Blood, I was far too tired to sit down and post. And then this morning I met Debi bright and early to go fabric shopping in the Bay Area.
As you may recall, I had planned to use modern fabric to recreate an early 1930s dress that was deteriorating pretty rapidly in my closet. Well, I took the dress apart, made the pattern pieces, cut the silk chiffon and sewed almost the entire thing. And then I tried it on and felt that I looked like a sack of potatoes. The dress had turned out fine but it just didn't seem right. So I made the decision to scrap it and move onto a different pattern.
In my stash I had Butterick 5088 from the early 1930s and some amazing vintage windmill fabric that I bought at Urban Burp. Initially, I felt that this fabric was too casual. After the failure of my silk chiffon dress, I decided that windmills were fancy enough.
So I cut. And I sewed. And then I got to the crazy collar and realized that the pattern piece was missing. I fiddled around with the organdy I bought but the collar was just not doing it for me. Without the collar, the dress looked a bit meh. I wasn't happy so I put it aside and started yet another dress.
The third dress was to be a knit dress from another 1930s pattern. But then, after I made the bodice, I realized I didn't like the color on me and it sort of looked like a 1970s sweatsuit.
OMG, that thing didn't even deserve the second sleeve! So, back to the drawing board.
That's when I decided just to wear the amazing 1930s knit two-piece (scroll to the bottom of the post) I bought at the Vintage Fashion Expo. Of course, that left me with a dilemma: I still needed to sew something for this week's challenge.
And that's when I asked my husband for advice — he said what I hadn't even thought of: "why don't you make a jacket?" Of course! I'll make a jacket for the two-piece sweaterknit. So that's what I did. From Simplicity 2000, to be exact.
Like some deranged sewing Goldilocks, I made three different versions. The first was too shiny and I didn't like the stitching on the collar. The second was better, but the linen made it wrinkle too much.
Finally, by the time I decided to make the third, I figured I could make the second dress (windmills) work. And so that's what I did.
The picnic itself was delightful and I got to enjoy it with Christine and Debi. Shannon attended with her friends and was kind enough to invite us over for cocktails and to meet other folks. Loran was there too, but I didn't see her at the actual event. I also met Alexandra from EvaDress who was wearing an amazing dress that she made from a whole lot of ribbons.
Our mellow picnic setup that require very little effor to put out and take down: