My next project is something that I have picked out of necessity, and it's one that I think will serve as a proper initiation in the the world of sewing bloggers. An outfit for a wedding AND a vintage pattern, this is a first for me on both counts.
My lovely friends got engaged at Christmas, the first of our friendship group, and they were planning to get married September 2012. LOADS of time to find a pattern and make something pretty to wear. Last week they announced that they are in fact getting married *this* September, the first weekend in September to be exact. I am extremely excited and so pleased for them, but wow it has put the panic in me!
I immediately started looking for a pattern and thinking about what sort of thing I want to wear (& what's within my capabilities - but I soon decided to ignore this and pretend I can do anything), online searches were fruitless so I grabbed my pattern basket and checked the vintage patterns I bought at the fair I went to last month. And it just so happens that I have exactly what I was looking for in my stash.
Simplicity 4182A, from 1952 apparently. I'm going to make view 1, in navy I think, or maybe royal blue (as the invite says bright colours). And I'm tempted to draft a special addition to it, but I'll keep that under my hat.
I'm going to start my first toile tomorrow, I'm quite excited but even more scared.
While thinking about the process of this make I remembered Karen's post on the collaboration of the sewing blogosphere for her trouser make. This one is going to toe the same line, I'll be checking my measurements vs. the pattern measurements using Tilly's guide, I'll definitely be delving in to Casey's expert vintage pattern tips and I expect I'll be frantically searching Gertie's blog for pearls of wisdom too.
I could do with a little advice on fabric if any stitchers are reading. The suggested fabrics are: cotton, chambray, pique, rayon, faille, shantung, crepe, wool. What would you make it out of? And where would you get it from?
Wish me luck!