First - Decades of Style Girl Friday blouse
For me, the embroidery is really hard. It's my kryptonite. I fret if it isn't perfect. Well, it isn't, but I love it anyway. I used charcoal grey and two shades of pink. I never wear pink BUT there is method in this madness.
|collar is a pain, but looks pretty cool|
|hand tacking bias binding|
Border print skirt - I got this big, like 4 yards, length of fabric in Morocco. It's meant to wrap around the body and over the head. I paid $8 for it. It has a few stains and is worn in a couple places. It's also very thin and sheer. But it's this great turquoise with pink and orange and a black border.
I backed it with white cotton lawn which was hellish since both fabrics were so wiggly and the cats decided to romp over it while I was working. Cut off the border on one side, pleated it into a waistband and done! Border print skirt with complimenting blouse! I came out a little longer than I expected so I may replace the waistband and take some off the top. I don't normally wear bright colors and worry that I look like a clown. But I wore it anyway.
Grey 40's wide leg trousers - Smooth Sailing from Wearing history
I made up this pattern again, this time with front pockets and a fly front zipper. I had 3 yards of the smooth grey wool that I used for my anteater dress. I kept meaning to make a skirt until I realized that I don't actual WANT another skirt. I get much more use from vintage trousers. I had already altered this pattern for fit so it was pretty quick. Except I really wanted a fly front and pockets.
|fly front without backing flap|
|backing flap is SO much better|
Fly front isn't so hard, but like a welt pocket it doesn't make a lot of sense until you've don't it. I followed the tutorial on the Threads website. It works beautifully except for one thing. In a real fly front there is a flap under the edge of the zipper. So you don't catch your belly in it while zipping. That is not included in the Threads tutorial. I added it by sewing a folded and interfaced piece of fabric to the flap that the zipper attaches to (seam is hidden under the zipper).
|tiny, baby kitten is now huge and loves rolling on fabric|
|The pattern pieces and template to add pockets|
The front pockets are done exactly per the Anerican Duchess tutorial. I cut paper pattern pieces so I can duplicate them every time I make the pattern. The only thing I added was bias tape along the curve of the pocket so it holds its shape better. The pants cam out a little to broad across the beam. I may take them in, but not now. Now I'm just going to enjoy them.
|Added some bias tape to the pocket edge|
|Pockets and fly front zipper|