Yesterday was grey and overcast. Hooray – an excuse to stay indoors and sew!
This is Simplicity 6238 from 1965, in size 12 (32 bust).
I used this pattern a year ago to make my Raindrops on Roses shell top, which I wore to work for the first time earlier this week. I have always intended to revisit this pattern because it is such a good fit straight from the packet and I love 3/4-length sleeves.
The fabric is Anna Maria Horner “Innocent Crush” voile in the Slow Dance design. Jessica sent me a 2-panel-sized piece (1.3m) of this beautiful material perhaps a year ago, and I have had it in and out of the stash weekend after weekend since it arrived, trying to decide how best to use it. I kept coming back to the idea of a top with a tie-neck, and pondered various patterns, mostly sleeveless because I didn’t think I had enough for anything more substantial. I was determined to make it work, somehow.
And finally it did! Hooray!
Those medallions and wiggley stripes have a lot of potential for unfortunate bull’s-eye placement! After a lot of fiddling about, I hit upon the plan of cutting the front and back at right angles to the straight grain, the sleeves on the grain, and the scarf on the bias. This broke up the print rather well and actually allowed me to do some matching at the side seams – amazing!
Instead of a back zip, I sliced the centre front, facing it with a single piece of bias binding cut mid-way through its length and turned to the wrong side. Instead of neck facings, I used more bias binding for a neater finish.
However, I forgot to notch the neck edge before I stitched it down, and it was quite tricky to get it to lie flat. Tsk!
Otherwise, it all went smoothly. I took care to turn under all the raw edges of the inside seams for a better quality of finish. See? I can slow down and do things properly when I try!
Summer came back again today, and I felt surprisingly cool and elegant in my new vintage blouse, clattering around the dog kennel in my hard-soled shoes, looking for sufficient shade to take these pictures.
The matching tie / scarf inspired me to try out a Busby Berkeley dancer style – oh how I wish I could wear this outfit to work!
|42nd Street, 1933|
But for everyday office wear, I will probably team it with simple trousers or a skirt.