McCalls 1948 is finally finished.
What a darling little ditty it is. I call it my "come over for a coffee klatch wrap".
It was factory folded and in pristine condition when I received it. It came in a lot of other patterns and I knew right away I had to make it for this summer. As I stated in an earlier post, we have a couple of old gents who do the lawns for us. I work at night and have a bad habit of staying in my bathrobe well into the afternoon. These two fellow (who are old farmers and get up at 5:00 each morning don't know what to think of me). I hope to don this each morning during the summer and set about sewing, cooking or gardening. I might just have to make another shorter one with veggies on it for gardening.
This is a pattern with copyright date of 1955 and I was amazed that after 55 years the transfer for the embroidered pocket was like the day they printed it. I even think it would transfer again onto another piece. It was a breeze.
The pattern asked to hand turn each piece under and then sew it onto the pocket. I tried with the donuts and it was such an awful mess I finished the rest of it with a machine over stitch.
I did hand embroider the coffee cup handle and the swirl of steam coming off the coffee. I had this wonderful cotton striped fabric in my stash. As I looked at it, it seemed a little too lightweight and see through for me, as I intend to pop into this right out of bed, so I lined the whole thing with a white cotton fabric I picked up at the thrift shop for $2.00. I have reams of it still so will do more lining with it on other projects. What a deal that was.
The whole thing is bordered with seam binding which is what I spent the only money on. The buttons are from a vintage stash I have.
Do I dare tell you I was prepping for a colonoscopy yesterday and this was the perfect project to take my mind off the fact that I could not eat a grain of food all day and night. Even seeing those donuts and coffee did not break me down.
So this morning while waiting to head to the hospital I donned this crinoline a friend gifted to me this weekend. It is a beauty and meant for a long evening dress from the 50's. Now I am in search of the perfect pattern to wear with it. Any pattern ideas would be much appreciated.
Hubby was out tending to our many animals (I needed to remain close to the bathroom) and I threw this apron over the crinoline just for effect and hubby took some photos after I promised him I was not wearing this get up for the colonoscopy. Although I'm sure I would have been a patient they never forgot if I did.
I loved how the crinoline is so big it hung up on the stairs.
Here is a closeup of the vintage brass buttons. Gotta love the swirl...I do.
I don't like how the strips don't match up though.
Closeup of the embroidered pocket.
Back view of the dress being modeled by "Hazel" my new body double. Although I have to say she came out a bit bigger in the waist than I am. I bought an IV pole yesterday and will have to un-stuff her to put it in...and try to change her proportions to better match. More on Hazel in a couple of days.
This is a photo of the crinoline, who is still standing up in the hall after an hour or more.