I have a few meters of cranberry colored corduroy, purchased in the midst of my Great Wide-Wale Corduroy Fixation of 2011. I toyed with the idea of a red-cord cape for a while, but I already have a cord jacket. The cape can wait.
I started noticing gorgeous 50’s jumper patterns. Since it’s winter and all, it’s a no-brainer to make a cute jumper of red cord. I cruised the Vintage Pattern Wiki for images, and combed through my own image files. Since I finally made a sloper/block that fits I can make up most simple patterns by myself. It’s easier than I thought, once I make a plan of action.
I definitely want a full circle or half-circle skirt. Other than that, the field is open. I looked at many 30’s-40’s patterns, but they didn’t tickle my fancy quite the same way.
(Narrow, deep neckline and large pockets)
(Wide, nearly off the shoulder neckline, belt)
(Wide, square neckline. Needs pockets)
(Sweetheart-like neckline, narrow skirt. I could remedy that.)
(Square Neckline again, no waist seam. Do I want a waist seam?)
(HUGE skirt, tiny bodice)
(I’m not a bit worried this is a teen pattern, surely I’m not too old for a cute collar. Would a collar on the jumper compete with the blouse underneath? Should I save the collar for another dress?)
(Deep Oval Scoop neckline, BIG pockets. Modeled on an older woman, jumpers aren’t just for teenie-boppers.)
If you sew, collect, or just adore 1950’s patterns, I’m sure you’ve run across skirt pockets big enough to accommodate a baby. They’re perfect for a mommy. I find I’m always collecting little bits and pieces as I potter around the house. If I don’t put something away immediately, I’m bound to misplace it but I often find I’m distracted en route to the item’s destination. I don’t like to carry a purse, either. My brain isn’t together enough not to lose a bag. I think this jumper needs great big pockets:
Wow. Maybe not that big.
These make me smile, though I’m not sure I could pull it off. They’re in the running.
These might be my Goldilocks pockets- just right.
This is the photo that inspired me to make some big-pocket 1950’s utility clothes.
I’d love to hear ideas- is a cranberry cord jumper a good idea, what are your favorite necklines, should I make big pockets or ridiculously huge pockets? Life’s too short for small pockets, right? Do you have any pattern pictures, photos, or ideas to share?I’d appreciate all kinds of input, basically any opinions even if you don’t sew or wear vintage.