Monday, October 5, 2009

A Year in the Making, Day 35

Today, I finished off a jacket to match a skirt I made almost three years ago. I found this amazing fabric at a Goodwill, about 10 yards of an olive green and embroidered brown striped pattern. The skirt I made from a historical pattern, from around ~1910. It's a walking skirt with 9 gores. I had to size it up, as the pattern was for an 18" waist. Even when I was a skinny minnie I didn't corset down to that! Here's the skirt, along with a vintage blouse I tea-dyed from the original stained white, and a thrift store hat for which I made the hat band and flowers from fabric scraps:



The outfit has needed a jacket since I made it, but I didn't want to cover up the lower sleeves with their wonderful lace. I'd had acquired Butterick B5232 months ago because variation D had the right lines with 3/4 length sleeves. So last night I finally pulled it out and began assembly. It went together surprisingly easily, but I did pick the simplest variation, D, with only five pattern pieces. I'm still not 100% satisfied, as there's a bit of a wrinkle along the right back hem. The lining and I have been exchanging 4-letter words all evening because of it, but it's not as bad as it was three lining adjustments ago and I decided it was time to call it a night.





I wanted to take a picture of the whole outfit together, but the shirt and skirt are in the closet in the munchkin's bedroom, which I remembered AFTER I tucked her in, of course!

The last piece of the outfit will be an underbust corset, which I will begin my attempt on tomorrow. Wish me luck!

8 comments:

Lady Miss Tiff said...

That's just gorgeous!

Cassandra Watsham said...

Oh, oh, oh Victoria, this is lovely!

cccraftstudio said...

just fabulous! great job!

JewelryBySolange said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! I love it! Thats a beautiful set :0)

Beadiful Designs said...

Victoria, you are so talented! What a beautiful outfit.

Beth said...

nice blog and outfit looks awesome. beth Iflorist.co.uk

michele said...

Such a lovely outfit, you're very talented!!!

The Tote Trove said...

Very nice. I sometimes wish I lived back when women wore those amazing dresses and hats. It seems like you probably do too!