Patterns: skirt- Retro Butterick 5032 top-Simplicity 4319
Year: 1952 and 1953
Fabric: skirt- 1 yd printed cotton $8.99 1yd poly lining $1.99, blouse- 1 yd poly and 1/2 yd “seasonal favorites” $6.50
Notions: zipper $1.90 and buttons from stash
Total Cost: $20
First Worn: Mother’s Day
Wear Again?: yes
This was the outfit I wanted to make last week. I think my mom would like this outfit too-nothing is ripped or faded and I’m wearing the right amount of jewelry. I actually bought more bracelets to wear with this but they were made of hammered silver and made so much noise whenever I moved my arms that I ended up giving them to a friend. My apartment was being painted this week so getting these two pieces made was a little tricky but they’re simple pieces so getting them done on time was not a problem.
At first I was going to make the version of the top with sleeves and a peter pan collar. I think the sleeves in that light black and white print would have made the top look like a maid’s uniform. The collar didn’t look right either so I removed it and added the mandarin collar instead. I made bias tape from the remaining fabric and used that along the arm openings and at the bottom edge of the blouse. If I use this pattern again I’ll add another inch and a half or so to the length. They are 4 darts on the front of the blouse and 4 on the back. I only made the ones on the front because the fabric I used for the bottom half was too light. I think a stiffer fabric would have made a more interesting shape. the only thing I would change is cutting the yoke pieces on the bias.
The Butterick pattern is a dress pattern. I decided to use the bottom half for my skirt since the pattern had already been altered. Instead of the overlapping pleats in front I made a dart on each side. The skirt was longer-below the knee-but I didn’t think it worked well with this print so I shortened it. The fabric I removed at the bottom became a removable peplum. I finished the edges of the piece and added a buttonhole on each side then sewed two buttons to the front of the skirt.
This outfit was a lot of fun to wear. I hope you all had as much fun wearing your creations for this week too. OK-I’m off to spend what’s left of Mother’s Day with my beautiful husband. See you all next week!