It is all about sewing a vintage or vintage inspired garment from cotton – 100% cotton – fabric. It sounds like a lot of fun to me, so I have decided to play along.
Basically, you choose a vintage decade (1920s through 1970s) you want to channel, then either a vintage pattern or a vintage inspired one and get sewing with cotton!
I have been wanting to try my hand at a real vintage pattern for some time, and I really wanted to make something from the 50s, so when I saw this pattern on Vintage Martini, I scooped it up!
Isn’t it adorable?
Now it’s a few sizes too big, so I am trying for the first time to grade up a pattern as well as sewing with a vintage pattern. I think I will try Brooke’s method of pattern sizing grading she posted about here. She thinks it will work, so I will give it a go.
So, I have the side bar badge (did you see it?), the decade chosen (1950s), the pattern chosen (Vintage Simplicity 2446, printed in 1958), now all I need is fabric.
Here are some ideas I am pondering. Tell me what you think.
Soul Garden Ditsy Floral Navy, from Fabric.com
I thought I could make the jacket in a coordinating solid navy and then line it with the coordinating stripe fabric that goes with the ditsy floral.
Soul Garden Stripe Multi, from Fabric.com
Polka Dot in Indigo, from hawthornethreads.com
with the coordinating solid to make the jacket.
And then, for a touch of whimsy, one of the following for the inside of the jacket (not necessarily era appropriate, but we get to bend the rules a little, right?)
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Option #3 (or is it??)
Floral Brushstroke Cotton Stretch Sateen I picked up from Gertie’s shop.
Now there are a few reasons why I put a question mark on this option. The first being I thought I couldn’t use this fabric because it was a stretch fabric, so it must not be all cotton. But it is cotton sateen, which is one of the suggested fabrics Rochelle mentions we can use. So, are there sateens and stretch sateens? I don’t know.
Also, I know from #fabricchat last Friday that stretch woven fabrics, such as this one, are better suited for more tailored garments, and many fellow chatters suggested I use this fabric to make a sheath dress, pencil skirt, or cropped pants with a coordinating jacket. Well, this pattern has a jacket I could use a coordinating fabric with, and I am not really into sheath dresses, pencil skirts, or cropped pants. But I don’t want to “waste” the stretch in the fabric ifI can use it for something better later. Thoughts, anyone?
Anyone have any other really good ideas? I am open to suggestions since I am in new territory here with a vintage pattern and trying to stay true to the era. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please leave me a comment so I have something to do instead of laundry. 😉