Contest entry

So, here it is.  I started this on Monday, then couldn’t work Wednesday or Thursday because of a scratch on my eye.  I can’t believe I was able to make the jumper and blouse is 2.5 days.  Everyone I’ve shown the pattern to has fallen in love with it but now that I’ve made it up, I’m not sure what to think.  I think the high waist is not doing me any favors and the skirt looks more narrow than the pattern drawing.  All that aside, I need sportwear separates in my wardrobe.  I bought some black linen blend to make another jumper (before I tried this one on) and black gingham for another blouse.  I’m still not sure if that was a mistake.  Please be honest about how you feel about this outfit.  If I make another, I will widen the skirt.  Also, the instructions were missing and there was no facing piece for the top of the skirt. I think using bias tape made the points less pointy.  If I make a facing, that would solve that problem.

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About andreahg

I'm a stay-at-home wife and mom to two boys, a cat and two rough collies. I love to sew and knit with vintage patterns, primarly from the WWII era.
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5 Responses to Contest entry

  1. Susan Ashworth says:

    Love it! I’m not a huge fan of the white blouse concept, so I’m sure I’d prefer the black gingham. Perhaps widening the straps a shade would keep the proportions the same as the pattern illustration? I think it’s flattering – a keeper!

  2. PepperReed says:

    First, I think you look Darling as usual and generally think the underbust/Aline looks good on you. So, hmmm… I’m not a fan of the straps; Do you think the skirt would work without them? I think I like the cut overall, however the attractive ‘detail’ of that pattern are the ‘points’ at the top of the skirt, so Yes, they need to be more pointy. Also, the Pattern Ladies have no bust whatsoever, so their ‘look’ is different, more school-girlish.

    Now, I think that the points currently lie in ‘no mans land’, they’re not low enough to look like the high-waisted top of a skirt (hitting your under-bust too much), but they’re a little to low to look like the top of a dress. Perhaps changing where the points lie on your midriff?

    Also, the fullness of the skirt; I think it’s fine, but do you think that it has anything to do with the drape of the material?

    Enough of my ‘critical’ mass! If I had a website, you could come over and poke me in MY eye! LOL!!

  3. Patricia says:

    Hi, I never comment — but you asked and I shall.

    Ok, I think the skirt isn’t bad at all, in fact the jumper is rather good up until the points. You are right, they need to be more pointy — which you already mention correcting. HOWEVER, I think you might want to consider what those points are pointing to. Not to be crude, but right now it appears that your have buttons right over your nipples — I’m not sure you need more nipples (actually, does anyone?)

    My suggestion is that given you are a busty girl and the pattern photo is apparently for those who are not, I’d move those points up to above the nipple region. I don’t think you need to go all the way up where there would be full coverage without the shirt — but you need them to be higher.

    I gave consideration to lower, to push the eye to the high waist and away from where the straps meet them — but the problem is that would force the straps right across the bust dividing it visually in four. I think that would be worse.

    Now, here would be the challenge I’d suggest, and I’m sure you are talented enough to pull it off — ditch the straps entirely. Attach the shirt to the skirt, making a dress that looks like separates, use the high waist to your best advantage — which would be about 1 to 2 inches lower. Add some tiny gathers under the bust line (I’m thinking either side of the point — and SMALL) to emphasize and define your waist and to further the illusion of separates.

    Good luck. I love following your work — and I’ll go back to my quiet spot again. 😉

  4. Devongirl says:

    I think the points need to be higher because the look like they are slipping off your bust point – I feel I want to ‘hoick’ the dress up a bit?!

    I’m wondering if when you graded up, you didn’t grade the height of the points? I mean that, when the width changes, the height of the point needs to change too, to keep the proportion the same? For example, if the original point was 2 inches wide and 2 inches high, when grading up the width of the point becomes 3 inches but the height stays at 2 inches the point will become less of a peak (this makes perfect sense in my head, I wish I could draw you a pic of what I mean!)

    Also I was wondering if the straps could be slightly closer together at the bottom (only an inch or so) to make it slightly more ‘V’ shape which might be a bit more flattering and a little less bra-like?

    I have just found your blog and I’m delighted with it! Its a huge encouragement to me to carry on with my sewing. We’re a similar shape and you’ve given me lots of ideas for clothes, thank you!

  5. andreahg says:

    Thanks, everyone! You’ve all given me lots of good suggestions. I had the exact same thought about the buttons myself. The outfit looked totally different when it was a muslin jumper over a muslin blouse 😀

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