|No Pattern Used: 1913 blouse and skirt ('New Style' blouse and skirt, JP Thornton, c1913) - Type:Skirts |
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|Posted on:||2/1/13 3:45 AM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Acrylic Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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This pattern is a 3"x5" square image on page 16 of Janet Arnold's Patterns Of Fashion 2, image 98. It is very simple, and consists of 3 skirt pieces, two for the kimono sleeved blouse, and a waistband. You have to draft it up from there, but you can totally do it - this was my first time ever drafting a pattern out of a book!
No sizing here. Figure out your skirt length (note the high waist and measure accordingly!), determine the pattern's width measurements at full size, then adjust to your measurements accordingly. I'm a size 20, for point of referece.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very much so, in spite of the fact that I sewed it as a single dress instead of a blouse and skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No instructions. So I'd say no. But can you figure it out yourself? Yes, yes you can.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The fit of the skirt. You don't realize in the photos, but on the pattern the skirt pieces taper back in slightly.
Acrylic knit (or a stretchy weave, can't recall) - skirt was cut on the width, rather than on the length, to allow for some stretch around the waist of the finished garment. Not a historically accurate choice, but it makes for a pretty nice fit!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Sewed the top to the skirt as a single dress - would not do that next time as I had it gathered in weird places. Widened the neck a bit. Cut the front and back of the top as a single piece, attached at the top of the sleeve. Would consider doing that again, but would also consider doing it properly. Added purchased collar to neck. Lace insertion - I wish I had a picture of the back, the two overlapping squares from the front become two V's that meet at the center back seam (where I inserted a zipper, again, not historically accurate, and entirely unnecessary if you sew as a top and skirt as drawn.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Totally and totally. Especially since I had to draft it up to a perfect fit, I now have "my" perfect pattern at hand and don't need to redraft or resize again.
If you love Downton Abbey and want a simple pattern reminiscent of the first season, this is the way to go! If you're ready to learn to draft up your own patterns from books and magazines, this is a pretty good project to start on. Are there easier? Sure, go draft some drawers. But if you want to do something "pretty" for a starter project, you can totally do this.
I absolutely adore this book. There are many patterns in there that are easier to draft up, as Janet Arnold did many to scale on graphs, and for the more complicated gowns, mainly. But she also includes vintage images in the early pages of the book, from which this pattern came, which can be scaled up with a little effort (and perhaps the zoom function on a copier or scanner).