Hello there fellow sewing enthusiasts! I hope your week has been fun and productive!
Mine has :-)
I have completed my first a-line skirt. Yey!!
I used McCalls's 3341 view D, which turned out to be just the perfect length for a work skirt.
Both the pattern and fabric were given to me by a friend who was having a stash clear out...lucky me!
I'm not sure exactly what the fabric is but I'm pretty sure it has wool content. It was just perfect for this project.
And check this out...my first lapped zipper. It's not perfect but I'm pretty proud of my first attempt.
I tried searching the internet for instructions on how to do this but i couldn't find any I could follow all the way through. So, I turned to my vintage sewing books. I picked these two beauties up in charity shops. I love them!
The McCall's seems to be from the 60s and The Complete Dressmaker from the 70s. They both have great step by step instructions and are great for dipping into for vintage techniques.
I wore the resulting skirt to work and then on to a presentation at Hartlepool's Historic Quay on 'Women and the Great War'. It was a great mix of lecture, theatre and costume and was delivered by Lucy Adlington and Meredith Towne from History Wardrobe.
There were some great costumes on display...I couldn't resist examining one or two of them for research purposes ;-)
I love historical and vintage clothing. I love that each item has a history an once meant something to someone.
And here's an action shot of my skirt...
Still growing out my fringe!!
That's the HMS Trincomalee behind me. It is apparently the oldest warship still afloat. It's a pretty amazing backdrop too!!!
So do any of you out there own old sewing books? How do you feel they compare to new books? Is anyone else fascinated by historical dress?
Have a super week folks!
Love, Eliza Brown x