The ‘Lets go to my place’ skirt and vest
⁃ Fabric: Seal brown stretch something. (feels lovely)
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 7142 (skirt) & 9279 (vest)
⁃ Year: 1975 (skirt) & 1994 (vest)
⁃ Notions: zip and hook & bar for the skirt, 4 buttons and vest buckle for the vest
⁃ Time to complete: longer than it should have. 5 episodes of Green Wing and one Grand Design (plus the rest)
⁃ First worn: for these photos
⁃ Wear again? yes, probably not together and definitely when it’s cooler.
⁃ Total price: ~$15
Have you seen ‘On The Town”? It’s an all-time favourite of mine and I love it when Betty Garrett sings ‘Come Up to My Place’ to Frank Sinatra. She persists and persists and finally get what she wants. And this outfit was a little like that. I am becoming expert with the seam ripper (quick unpick).
I started with the skirt and it was all going well until I sewed in the zip without first putting a little interfacing on the inside. It rippled up horribly, so out it came. Then there was a couple of hot days where the thought of turning on the iron was unthinkable. Eventually the zip went in, the band went on and then the skirt sat on Gertie for a few days to let the skirt do any dropping it felt like doing. I ended up simply over-locking and turning twice and then sewing.
Onto the vest and that went together beautifully. It’s fully lined and when I turned it and was ready to sew up the final seams, I discovered that it had ludicrously enormous armholes! Here is where the persistence comes in. I pinned it a number of different ways before finally deciding that hacking about 6.5cm off the front should work – I didn’t need to remove any from the back (go figure!). Out came the unpicker and unpicked the bottom seam, the shoulder seams and sections of the armholes and the neck edge. Snip, snip and the excess fabric was removed and I started to reassemble. Started by sewing wrong sides together at the shoulder seam. Unpick. The lining got a bit caught up and needed to be fixed. Unpick. etc. etc. Still, finally I was able to do the buttonholes and the buttons went on. I had to make a flying lunchtime visit to Spotlight on Thursday for the vest buckle and hook and bar (of course I bought more than just those things – I rarely get out of there without spending more than I had planned.
Conclusion: Very happy with the skirt, in spite of the face that it hits at the widest part of my calves, it feels lovely and comfortable. I will use this pattern again. The vest pattern is not a great pattern but I like what I have made and will probably more likely wear the vest with jeans and a t-shirt. It looks pretty good with red.