The “Gal in Kalamazoo” outfit
Fabric: Shirt: red, white & blue seersucker from Jo-Ann’s in sale – 2yds, $8.98, Skirt: left over indigo denim from stash.
Patterns: New Look 6106 and Butterick 4985
Notions: Zip $1.49, white buttons from stash, red buttons $1, fusible interfacing from stash
Time to complete: 18 hours
First worn: May 20th 2012
Wear again? Absobloominglutely! Total Cost: $11.47
The challenge: “Out of Time: Sewing something from the 1940s”.
Gee wiz this week was fun!
There are some weeks when I have to remind myself that there’s no point in doing a challenge unless its fun…..or that I learn something from it. But gee willikers, this week was a breeze, yes sireee.
Can I stop using my very bad American 1940s/50s accent now? Phew, thank you.
But seriously, this week WAS fun. There are going to be some vintage-lifestylers out there tutting at me not using vintage patterns and who could probably point 102 things wrong with my outfit. But the rest of you know by now my attitude to people who tut and tell me what to do….
In my defence, though I don’t actually need to offer any, this is possibly the challenge I’ve done the most research for…..and research is one of my big things to help the fun along each week anyway. Internet websites were searched and perused; there was a big hunt for info. and sources of inspiration at the library….
I watched 1940s movies (especially westerns) whilst sewing and had great fun discovering new songs and rediscovering old favourites from the decade using Pandora (I created a channel giving it The Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday and Flangahan and Allen and it did the rest keeping me happy with big band numbers especially all week).
Yeah so some purists will turn their noses up at me using modern patterns (though I hope from my research that they fit shapes, hem length, fitting and materials that wouldn’t be too out of place if a Delorean ever transports me back to 1944) but they should see the other sewing project I had on this week – a Sacagawea outfit for Melchett, my youngest, for her school’s end of term Living Waxworks Museum! Trying to balance sensitivities towards a culture much mistreated through history whilst making sure I kept my ‘client’ happy who wanted it to look just “like the one in Night At The Museum”….hmmm, that was fun.
Both patterns were really fun to sew up as well. A welcome surprise compared to some of the recent challenges. Those of you following my twitter will have seen the joyous moment when I sewed both arms to their correct armholes (ie. not the neckline as last week)….I even sewed the hook and eye on correctly first time! Wonders will never cease.
The challenge theme seemed rather appropriate as my boy, Mr D is away across the seas in service (well, in business conferences actually). I’m keeping the homefires burning for him (actually that’s the LAST thing I want to do in Phoenix at the mo, we’re into the 105s now), standing by my white picket fence until he comes back home from Malaysia, Hong Kong and currently India. But he’s home on Thursday – woo hoo!
I lie. This obviously isn’t MY white picket fence…
It’s part of our local farm museum, but it’s so gorgeous to see anything older than 1990s around Phoenix. Our home back in Shropshire, UK was actually older than the state of Arizona (which has just recently had its 100th birthday). The house behind me is considered a treasured antique, though its from 1912. They have had the loveliest hollyhocks growing there, which I didn’t realise could grow in our soil, so I might just have to have a try.
And why is this my Gal in Kalamazoo outfit? Well, many of you will know the song, but for those of you who don’t here it is with a fabulous dance routine from the Nicholas Brothers worth waiting for….and it just seemed rather appropriate while I wait a few more days for my guy to get back home. “A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I gotta guy, in Bengaluru…..” (doesn’t have the same ring to it really).