Remember this post way back in early March with the peek at the sailor playsuit I was making? I finally have photos of the entire outfit (thanks to my sister, who has nicely agreed to help me get photos of the rather large backlog of sewing projects I have yet to show here!). Isn’t it just the cutest?! lol. I used the 40s reprint pattern from Wearing History, some navy blue linen, and a whole lot of sneaking in the closet to reference details on Sailor Husband’s “cracker jack” uniform. I love the shorts and blouse look–yesterday (when we took the photos) was the first time I had worn them together. Although looking at these I realized I forgot the most important piece–the hat! Oh well… lol.
There were a few alterations to this pattern; all small fitting issues that I make to most 40s patterns. Most noticeably, I shortened the crotch seam on the shorts; I often find in 30s and 40s slacks the length is far too long (especially for modernized streetwear). Another area I tend to tweak is the sleeves. Most 1940s sleeves I find too long and/or too loose in the upper arm (I have “spaghetti noodle arms” as I call them. A real pain to fit!). On this particular project I just shortened the sleeves an addition 1 1/2″ to a more flattering point on my upper arms, but I left the original width in tact. The final skirt length will also be a tiny bit shorter; since I have proportionately short legs I find that a knee length (rather than just-below-knee length as indicated in many 40s patterns) is more suitable. The only thing I don’t like about this pattern is the closure on the shorts. With the buttons on either side of the waist, it just doesn’t give me the “nipped in” look I’m used to. A small, piddly detail, but one that will nag at me a bit until I just get over it. lol.
For the curious: yes, I am wearing shoulder pads with the blouse! I lately have been adding some moderate (I don’t go for the Linebacker Shoulders Look) pads to various dresses and tops I make from 40s patterns, and let me say, they do improve the overall silhouette! I know I promised a tutorial on how to make your own earlier this year, and I haven’t forgotten. I shall have to do that soon as a dress I made needs some padding.
As always, there are plenty more photos here.
Not to start sounding like a broken record saying “thank you” over and over, but I wanted to say thanks for the sympathy over the family death I mentioned in the last post. If I could hug you all, I would. I have started to feel like this year has just been so weird and off-kilter, and that particular event just made it more so. Things keep going wrong, both with people and circumstances, and sometimes I feel like there is a little black cloud that has settled for the duration over the family. June is just around the corner, so maybe the latter half of 2010 will be a bit less dramatic and sad? Enough of my melancholy ramblings (I’m turning into a regular Eyore!). I hope you all are having a delightful Tuesday!