The “Practically Imperfect” Ensemble
Fabric: Black suiting, white cotton, $.50
Pattern: Butterick 8126 $1
Year: c. 1958
Notions: one zipper
Time to complete: 6 1/2 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes, with some pressing.
Total Cost: ~$1.99
This week’s “musicals” theme just happened to coincide with another musical theme in my life: my daughter’s Mary Poppins-themed 4th birthday party!
After seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway while we in New York, I knew that this had to be the theme of the party. Penelope LOVED the show so much and we’ve been listening to the Australian soundtrack of Mary Poppins on heavy rotation since we returned.
If you just started reading The Sew Weekly this year, here’s something you should know about me: I’m kind of insane when it comes to my daughter’s birthday parties. Last year’s party theme was The Sound of Music, the year before It’s a Small World. Every year, I say I’m not going to go DIY-insane, but I just can’t resist making the parties as memorable as possible. (I’ll be posting about the party itself later).
I had a bunch of tasks this week that needed to be finished before I’d let myself start/work on my dress for this week.
- Decorate the house
- Make all the favors
- Sew Penelope’s Mary Poppins Dress
- Make kites for all the kids to decorate
It wasn’t until 8:00pm, the night before the party, that I was able to figure out just what I was going to sew this week. I knew I wanted to make a “modern,” where modern means a 1950s take on Mary Poppin’s black/navy suit. Thankfully, I had all the fabric I’d need in my stash (the black fabric came from the Novato estate sale from a couple weeks ago) and a couple of patterns that would work. I ended up picking Butterick 8126 because it seemed the easiest and because it required less than 2 yards of fabric.
I have to admit that the construction on the outfit (especially the jacket) is far sloppier than I would be happy with normally. My mom was already sleeping downstairs where I keep my iron, so all darts and seems were left unpressed. And you can only imagine the big F-it I said when it came to the interfacing. I desperately wanted this outfit to be finished for Penelope’s birthday party, so sloppy just had to do.
The jacket is actually from another pattern — a McCall’s one — that I packed up in a box after finishing the outfit. So you all will have to be able to live without knowing the exact pattern number.
And, of couse the hat. I bought this darling one for $15 at the GBACG Costumers Bazaar back in August. Love. This. Hat.
More importantly, here’s a look at Penelope and her Mary Poppins dress. This is actually her second Poppins dress, having already grown out of the one I made for her back in February of last year. I used the same pattern as the original one with the same modifications.
Happy Birthday, Pen!