Let’s Get Together, Valentine!
Fabric: Joann’s thrifted and gifted print cotton with a little stretch
Year: Simplicity 5824 (1965)
Notions: Two zippers
Time to complete: off and on all week, after work
First worn: February 2012 to a birthday dinner
Wear again? Yes, but probably not together
Total Cost: Free
This pattern was a Christmas gift from my daughter. Unfamiliar with the sizing of vintage patterns, I was hesitant to cut into it, without first making a practice outfit. Luckily for me, I could cut into this thrifted piece of fabric, knowing that I wouldn’t be wasting money. I cut the sides of the skirt an inch bigger just in case. During the fitting on my body double, I realized that the pattern size was exactly right, so off went the extra fabric! This hardly ever happens for me, usually I have to adjust for the “pear” shape. I changed a few things though, I have learned that it’s best to line a skirt unless it’s heavy weight fabric. I also moved the zipper from the side to the back and added a kick pleat. On the blouse, I decided to move the zipper from the back to the side, which meant I had to cut back and front ruffles on the fold. I was a little concerned that the ruffle on the neck might look too clownish, but everyone in my family thought it was very cute.
This is the first time I have ever made matching separates, hence the title “Let’s Get Together” or wear separately. I like the fact that you can mix and match, and suddenly you have three different looks. Which do you like the best?