The “One of the Boys” One Piece
Pattern: Vogue 9898
Fabric: Something I found in “seasonal favorites” 3yds $12
Notions: One 20in zipper $2.50 button, D-rings, and hooks and eyes from stash
Total Price: about $15
Wear again: yes
I was NOT going to participate on this challenge because I was tied up with work last week but Najah’s perseverance inspired me to make this one piece “suit” and get it posted before the week’s end. With my husband out of town I had to have a friend photograph me at my boys’ school. We were supposed to meet well before school got out but she was late so I had to be photographed in front of an audience.
I do love the ladies fashions in this show but I have always had a thing for men’s suits so I decided to be one of the guys for this challenge. I don’t watch the show so I just picked the character that looked the coolest and that was definitely Roger Sterling. I don’t know anything about his character so if he’s a total sleeze I’m sorry I picked him because I like his hair.
As is typical for me I changed the pattern a bit. The most obvious change is that I chopped the top bit off and added straps. These are basically long trousers. I attached the top and bottom pieces together because I did not want a seam at the waist. After I sewed the pieces together I saw that the inseam was too low. There was not quite enough fabric to raise it but by some miracle it still worked out fine. I did not use the darts on the pattern but instead made my own to fit my body. I also created two pieces to make it zip up like a pair of trousers. I really did want these to look like a very long pair of pants. I created a band to go around the top and used sports mesh for the straps. I really like the contrast. I think regular fabric would have made them look too plain. I wanted to cuff the bottoms but decided against it since that wasn’t the style back then. The only problem is that the color bleeds so I’ll have to wash them a couple of times before I wear them again. Even with a tank top I’ll end up with blue underarms! By the way-I know the pattern is from 1959 but I remember hearing an interview with the creator of the show and he said the women wore older styles because back in the day working women could not afford to by the latest styles and he wanted the show to be as authentic as possible.
Here are a couple of pictures of the back and front.
Thanks Najah for not giving up! I wouldn’t have made these if not for you. Now it’s time to play catch up for next week’s challenge-wish me luck!