Added Feb 11, 2012
This is a little project I’ve wanted to write about for some time now. It all started when I came upon a small piece of vibrantly printed red floral cotton. I knew it would come in handy for something, and a short time later, it became apparent why… I found a 1930’s beach outfit pattern online but it was waaay over budget at the time, so I decided to try my hand at drafting the lovely halter top myself. Well, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that it was a devilishly simple process. The halter top is lined with a plain red cotton for a bit of contrast. I added a hook and eye closure at the back and decorated it with a giant blue button (alas, the only one I had!). I also inserted a bit of boobie support so this baby could be worn sans brassier.
From the leftover fabric pieces I made a ready-to-go summer turban; another bit of fun self drafting work from around the same time. I worked out an easy pattern by draping a few pieces over my own cranium and pinning and gathering etc.
And finally, we come to the navy trousers. I made these using a very simple late 1930’s/ 1940’s pattern. They were exactly what I had been saving a particularly great length of lightweight navy fabric for! These have classic 30’s/40’s features – the wide leg, the low crotch, the high waist. They’re fabulous in every way! I made the waistband wider than the pattern called for, just for a bit of variety (and also because I’m a little obsessed with wide waistbands at the moment, just quietly!). These trousers go with virtually everything and I’ve already found myself wearing them a tad too often…
This was definitely a fun sewing project!
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