Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Perfect Uniform?

I've always been a fan of uniforms- not necessarily men in uniforms, but rather, wearing them myself. I'm not sure why exactly, since I've never been much of a conformist. Maybe they give me that Halloween feeling of being in disguise or give me the sense that I'm not really going to to work, I'm just playing "make believe." I wore a polyester turquoise number in college when I waited tables at a diner. I always loved the moment at the end of my shift when I could peel it off and toss it in the hamper. I wonder if the the wearers of these uniforms felt the same way:

WWII Nurses: photo source credit

WWII Factory Workers: Photo source credit

Braniff Flight Attendents, 1965Photo Source Credit
 I work in a library now. My coworker Jersey Gina and I have joked about creating a "library uniform." I'm not sure exactly what this would look like, but I'm pretty sure it would involve cardigans and elastic waistbands. Do you wear a uniform? Do you want to? What would it look like?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Swing Skirt Fabric and Other Finds

At Fabric Row this weekend, I found this dotted blue rayon to use for the swing dress... well as this polyester floral...

and these goodies to use for future projects...

I'm not sure how old the fabric is. The shop owner was thinking early 60s, but admitted he didn't really know. It's a shame there wasn't more left of it on the bolt- about 2 1/2 yards of the navy dots and 1 1/2 each of the other pieces. Hopefully, I can squeeze the swing dress out of it! I'm still waiting for a company to start making retro prints on rayon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Muslin for Peter Pan Collared Dress

I'm getting close to finalizing the pattern for this dress- just a few adjustments to the sleeve and a decision about the collar.

Think the big collar looks too dopey? I'm thinking of scaling it down a tad. On the actual dress, the collar and the bodice will be of the same fabric. This is just the muslin, of course- some clearance fabric I found for a dollar.  The bright yellow makes me feel like a Disney character!

I tried to make it roomy enough for comfort's sake, while maintaining some sense of form. I'm looking forward to trying it in blue!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sew-Along City

I've been making good progress on the muslin for the Peter Pan collared dress I've had in the works for a while. Hopefully, I'll have some pics to show you this weekend before I start cutting into that blue wool.

On another note, have you noticed all of the sew-alongs either happening now or on the horizon? So many! I wish I had time to participate in all of them.So far, I've been hesitant to participate, wanting instead to work on my patternmaking skills, but I just might not be able to resist Casey's upcoming swing dress sew-along. Isn't that dress darling?

It makes me think of the swing dance lessons Stephan and I took when we first started dating.

I'm also intrigued by the pattern company- Sense and Sensibility Patterns. Apparently, it started as a hobbyist's tiny cottage industry and quickly grew to the point where she had to recruit help to fold and mail the patterns. The owner is Jennie Chancey and her enthusiasm for historical patterns really shows through.

How inspiring! Lord knows, on a snowy day like today, I do fantasize about having a stay-at-home job where I can draft patterns all day and listen to NPR!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blue Wool for Winter

Yet another fabric change for the impending Peter Pan collared dress I've written about here and here. I liked the charcoal pinstripes, but when I actually unfurled the piece of fabric, I realized that I'm just shy of having enough. So, I took a trip to fabric row, and after spending way too long browsing and daydreaming, I decided to go with this blue wool:

The plan is to use the wool for both the dress and collar, and use piping along the edge of the collar and waistband. Now I just have to decide on a color for the piping. 

Here are the three contenders:



and pink

Any suggestions?