Sew for Victory 2.0

This looks like fun – I was hopeful, when I stumbled across Lucky Lucille and saw posts from last year that it might be a thing that would happen again. Turns out I found her blog just in time for round two. Huzzah!

I like vintage patterns for many reasons – they appeal to the history geek in me, I like both the tailored austerity of the World War Two years and the exuberant femininity of the New Look, and I’ve had good luck with vintage patterns actually fitting my hourglass figure – and I’ve been collecting them and sewing with them for years now. The thing is, I haven’t always been the best about finishing seams and perfecting construction methods, and I have a tendency to sew pretty frocks, which for one reason or another I hardly ever wear.

All of which leads me to this dress, one of I think two garments I managed to finish while in college:

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It’s a lot prettier on, but it’s kind of boring. Very green – and I like green, but this dress doesn’t have much going on beside green. It’s a sundress; there’s no tailoring to save it. It’s also suffering from a sagging waistline, because the seersucker isn’t strong enough to support the weight of a full circle skirt.

So what am I going to do? Well, first I’m going to make the bolero that’s supposed to go with this dress:

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I liked the floral fabric so much that when I found it, probably five years ago, I bought yardage in two of the colorways. I like both of them with the seersucker, so the bolero will be reversible. If I have enough of the seersucker left, I’ll make piping from it and edge the bolero with that to tie it all together. At some point I’ll have to pick apart the bodice and flatline it with a stable fabric for strength, but that comes later.

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