I’m interested by all the remarks made on the 1950’s Glamour post, thank you for sharing your stories and thoughts. My motherly aunt exchanged a few emails with me on the subject over the weekend. I’d like to share them with you all once she green-lights it. We used to stay up late, sometimes til dawn, pondering such unanswerable questions. I’m pleased we still do, via e-mail and Skype. Her thoughts counter-balance my own and I find her particularly insightful.
In other sewing news, I found myself so delighted by this dress (View 2) that I drafted and sewed her this weekend. Ok, I only drafted the bodice and borrowed the full pleated bias skirt from Simplicity 4556. I cut it on the straight for the Birds Dress due to fabric constraints, but swore one day I’d be extravagant. She needs a hem. I’m busy with work and friends from overseas at the moment (!), but I want to wear her Monday so I’ll hem by then.
I realized some time ago I have more crinolines than skirts to wear over them, which seems a trifle ridiculous. I publicly swore not to buy more new fabric until June and I don’t own any lengths of fabric suited to “Fabric-Greedy 1950’s DayWear,” so I took a page out of Peter’s book:
It’s a duvet cover, high thread count, looked fresh, twice washed after I brought it home. I figure it’s about 5m of fabric, plenty for my disgustingly wasteful New Look day wear and the perfect weight. Total cost: $2. I look for fabric to use for exactly this type of frock every time I enter an op-shop and so far this is the only piece I found. Maybe I’m too picky.
I’m thrilled to finally play with pleats on a plaid to create new lines, I wanted to for a while but couldn’t find the right fabric/pattern marriage. I like the bamboo trellis, and that shade of green brings out my eyes.