The “Peachy Two Piece” Ensemble
Fabric: 2 yards Banana Republic peach cotton jaquard from Paron Fabrics, 33$; 2 yards Free Spirit coral cotton from Brooklyn General, $21
Pattern: Vintage Pattern Lending Library 5140
Notions: interfacing, invisible zip
First worn: 9/9
Wear again: maybe
Time to complete: about 6 1/2 hours
Total cost: $54 for fabric. When I go fabric shopping with a specific vision in mind, I spend way more than I want to.
Since I have the right hair, sort of sporty style, and not much in the way of curves, I was excited to try a 20s silhouette. I do think this outfit works okay for me, but I have to get used to the proportions and the obvious error of having so much fabric loosely draping around the thickest part of my body. I was reminded of Leimomi’s hip ruffles: they don’t make sense, but they work. (I love that hip ruffle dress!) Unfortunately, I felt frumpy and wrinkled wearing this in public.
I was attracted to the simple lines of this pattern, which I can’t find on the Vpll site anymore. Based on the illustration, I thought it was a dress. And I thought it would be easy. Ha! Replicated from original source material and not tested for fit, this clearly labeled “Three Piece Outfit” was more than enough adventure for me, and I only made two pieces and skipped the sleeves.
The blouse should have been simple, but the placket veered off course. The 20s pattern instructions are minimal. I should have taken time to find instructions for a placket from a different pattern instead of just winging it. The cameo pin helps.
And the skirt, well, I feel kind of bad about how much I hacked up the skirt. The belting piece, which I used as a facing, was a couple inches too small, easy enough to fix. I expected the skirt to be a little small too. There’s some beautiful diagonal seaming on the skirt from waist to hip that’s totally covered up by the blouse. Those diagonal seams mean the skirt pieces are shaped oddly, and I wasn’t able to predict that the skirt would be several inches too big in the waist and hit me about mid-calf, nothing like the pattern illustration. I couldn’t take in those tricky zig-zag seams enough, so I cut up the center back to take out the excess, which also allowed me to put the zipper in a straight seam. I did have it in one of the diagonal seams at one point, but I like my solution better. (The pattern called for a hook and eye closure. Yeah, right.)
Pale peachy pink is not a color I wear, too close to my skin color, but after seeing this color combination on the street– peach cropped skinnies with a coral blouse– I thought I’d try it. I think the key is keeping the peach on the bottom and the coral on top. My cloche is happy to see the sunlight. I’m glad I remembered it before I started making one from the Vppl downloadable cloche pattern. I might like to make the skirt again, colorblocked in a different color scheme to highlight the seaming, with the cloche and a blouse that tucks in. Though I can’t imagine ever feeling that ambitious!