I decided to dig out an long-forgotten vintage sewing pattern and get stuck into some sewing for summer. This one’s an old favourite, Style 1524 and look at the price! $1.60!
This is yet another pattern I have “liberated” from my mum’s stash in Australia. Many, many years ago I discovered a glittery version of view 3 in mum’s wardrobe. It was brown, gold and red striped lamé and I loved it to pieces. It was my What Should I Wear, Oh That’s Perfect Top. The original pattern is super-easy to put together, just three pieces for the bodice, two for the arms. No fussy fastenings or zips, which is good since I have an intense hatred of zips.
As much as I like the original, I’ve decided to modify it a bit. I’m omitting the sleeves so it’s just a simple drawstring tank. And taking it it. And maybe putting bust darts in, possibly scooping the neckline out a bit too. Why I can’t just follow a pattern without messing with it, is anybody’s guess. Do other sewists do this too? Am I just indulging some kind of masochistic urge to punish myself?
To make my life more difficult, I’ve decided to use the thinnest, slippery-est fabric I own. It’s working out OK so far and for once I’ve actually made a muslin so I don’t have the horror of trying to unpick stitches from this fragile fabric.
I haven’t had much time to sew lately as we’ve had the landlord dropping by to fix various bits and pieces in the flat. This involves a lot of moving of books and furniture and cats so the place has been more chaotic than usual. I’m hoping to get this done by the middle of next week because May is fast approaching and I’m off to Italy for three weeks for work. When I get back work will really pick up speed so I have a feeling I’ll have a lot less time to sew.