More Vintage Fun
Simplicity 2057, c. 1957
I just finished this dress (see photo below for line drawing) for my daughter today. She chose the square neck view, but wanted the eyelet and bow, too. Once we got the border eyelet, we could see that considering the construction of the dress and the placement of the bow the whole thing would be too much for the border eyelet. The bow would cover the pretty pattern and we might as well have chosen a solid white.
The bodice has a bit of unusual construction. What looks like a bodice with an underbust seam and insert really is not.
The upper bodice and lower bodice are construction separately. The upper bodice has a facing attached along the lower edge which is turned to the inside, as shown below.
The upper bodice is then lapped over the lower bodice and a seam is topstitched through all the layers holding them together.
For us, even this construction would mar the eyelet. Since I was underlining the eyelet with bastiste anyway, I made the eyelet upper bodice separate from the bastiste one, joining it only at the neck and armholes. I could then flip up the eyelet bodice and procede with the pattern instructions as written. I stitched a second row of stitching for security. From the outside under the eyelet:
From the inside, you can see how the upper and lower bodices are overlapped, stitched and pinked:
The skirt is pretty straightforward with double box pleats and a total hem circumference of 100" for this size.
The aqua fabric is from Denver Fabrics, a cotton lawn with shiny silver stripes.
Q/A: I've got a few for today. First from Tini regarding the Maizy socks: "How does the yarn wear?" I'm not sure how it will hold up over many washings and wearings just yet. The yarn is very soft and spongy, so the socks are comfortable to wear, at least so far!
From LindsayT: "Sews, draw, knit... Is there anything you can't do?" Um, yes, actually. How about cutting hair? I can sort of trim my own bangs, but other than that I don't dare touch my hair with scissors. Nor anyone else's. You'd think for someone fearless to cut into fabric that sells for over $100 per yard, I wouldn't think twice about cutting hair. Not so my friends, not so. There are some jobs better left to the professionals.
Parting Shot: Flowers. Yes, we have flowers here in New England! These are little ones, but I've got lots of green leaves and shoots for the bigger ones to come.