Hello my friends! I've got a dual-purpose project to share with you today, which also happens to be rather pretty. Not only is Simplicity 4647 my third #vintagepledge of the year, it's also my entry for the Hillarys Craft Competition. Entrants had a choice of four blind/curtain fabrics, of which they were supplied with a metre squared piece. I went for Daisy Pistachio because it reminded me of the silk brocade fabrics popular in the 1950s, hence my pattern pairing. Daisy Pistachio didn't disappoint, the print and colours ooze sophistication!
A metre squared isn't a lot of fabric, but I was determined to make an item of clothing for myself, despite the £1,000 at stake. After all, dressmaking is my favourite kind of sewing! Simplicity 4647 was just the ticket as it only has three pattern pieces excluding the facings. To make this work I had to use cotton from my stash for the facings, ignore the grainlines and forget about pattern matching...but I still think my little blouse turned out great. The most challenging thing about this make was working with the fabric itself. Despite it's luxurious weight and forgiving stretch factor, it frayed like nobody's business and required overlocking within an inch of its life!
My vintage pattern has some great design details like the right-angled cap sleeves, front bodice angled darts and V-necks. I think it lends itself to a wide range of fabrics and I'm keen to make up some casual cotton lawn versions to get me through summer.
I made a a number of small alterations to the pattern for a better fit, including shortening the bodice by 1.5cm, adding 3.5cm to the hem, increasing the front/back side seam allowances by 0.5cm and pinching out 2cm from the back neckline. I still need to make a few tweaks for next time, but I don't think I'm far off 'perfection'.
The closing date for the Hillarys Craft Competition is Friday 19 June and I'd love to win, but the competition is really stiff! Are you entering?