The Great Vintage Shirt Project - Final Review
and Extra Comments on Vintage YSL Vogue 1590
Well, I stuck with it and finished this year's big monthly project, The Great Vintage Shirt Project, in which I made a vintage shirt pattern every month. It has been an adventure and I have learned some things, not necessarily clothing construction methods, as I've been making shirts for a long time, but other things.
I started this project because I noticed that I didn't have a lot of button-up type of shirts in my wardrobe. Now I know why. It wasn't that I couldn't sew them or even buy them, but that I just don't wear them that often. They're not the first thing I reach for when I think about getting dressed for the day. I was hoping that by making some, I'd discover that I really like them. That didn't happen. While I have definite favorites, overall, I still prefer other kinds of tops.
That said, the whole project was not a failure. I learned something about myself and that is good. I do have some shirts that I am definitely keeping, I now have patterns that are already altered and I make up a shirt quicker than before. I also learned how to make my own linked buttons for french cuffs.
While some of the shirts have already been moved on to other owners, I do have favorites. My favorites, in order, are: March, June, September, April, December, October and maybe November (a verdict has not yet been reached on that one).
Will I do a monthly project next year? I'm not sure right now. I've got some ideas and areas to focus my sewing on, and I'll make that decision closer to the end of the year.
Now, regarding that YSL pattern. Thank you all for the help dating the Vogue Sewing Book. Mid to later 70's was about what I expected, with most of the books being around 1975. Ann: no joke about basting that dart! That is the only way to get perfect control of that shape. Lastly, to Anonymous, I did not get this one as a lot of two, but got it as a Buy It Now auction with just this pattern. Very interesting collection you have going! People collect these patterns for various reasons, and yes these illustrations are different that other ones I've seen. This pattern actually isn't for my own collection, but for a collection of a friend in Europe who is trying to collect all the YSL patterns that Vogue ever published. It's been quite fun trying to find all the patterns as he's contacted Vogue and they don't have records as to how many were published by each designer nor what year!
Parting Shot: Pretty Pins. I did a little shopping at our local antique store today and brought home two new sparkly pins for the holidays: