And I had some success. Mrs. Depew patterns use a method of drafting that was unfamiliar to me, and my pattern, once mocked up, seemed a bit off. (I don't think this can be attributed to my skills, or lack thereof. As I was mocking it up, the line "They're really more like guidelines anyway" kept going through my head. I think it applies here.) Lines that really should be at cross angles to one another were not, and the back side seam was quite a bit longer than the front, as was the shoulder seam. And I really wasn't sure about the pleats in the shoulder and neck. So I made a mock-up of the bodice (minus the triangular front and after I made some logical adjustments), before I even drafted the sleeves and collar. I used a fabric that I couldn't picture ever using for real, and was completely thrown when I liked the result. Really liked it!
|You can see the self bias facing, and what the inside of the|
pleats look like.
As I was running out of time, and it's a busy time of year anyway, I decided to finish the neck and sleeve holes with bias binding, and call it done. It is really short, the back always comes un-tucked, even from my high-waisted 30's trousers, so it really needs a sweater over it. Which is fine by me!
The Challenge: Modern History
Fabric: A blend fabric, meant to be men's dress shirt fabric
Pattern: started with a Mrs. Depew's 1930's Blouse
Year: early to mid 1930's
Notions: just thread
How historically accurate is it? Not really; fabric is of unknown content, I'm pretty sure the stripes aren't period, and it should probably have sleeves!
Hours to complete: I didn't track this one much, but maybe 6-8
First worn: Several times since I finished about two weeks ago. I'm absolutely in love with it!
Total cost: Definitely free. It was given to me by a friend, who got it from her daughter, who got it as a leftover sample from her work. So I have no idea what it would have originally cost.