Monday, February 20, 2012

The 1912 Project begins...Princess Line Slip

The first pattern I received in the 1912 Project is the Princess Slip.

The PDF file was printed on 11 x 17 pages and taped together. 

  The four pieces went together with no trouble.  I omitted the lace insertion and eyelet beading at the neck because this is strictly a muslin for fit.  I found the drafting of the pattern pieces to be quite accurate...all seams matched up nicely.

The seam down the center is an alteration tuck used to pull the princess seams into a more 'functional' position. I do not intend on making this as a slip, but rather as a summer dress.  I needed to take out some of the fullness of the original neckline and bodice.

The wearable version will either have a side or center back zipper rather than buttons down the back. Though, I like the vintage look of the buttons down the back and may decide against a zipper...

The square neckline will lend itself nicely to a filet crocheted yoke application.  I have found a pattern for one that I think will be perfect.  I need to buy the perle cotton and start on it.  I have a piece of lightweight black linen that I think will make a lovely dress with black crocheted trim.  Updates to come...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sew adventure in vintage sewing

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library's 1912 Project.  This ambitious project is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Individuals from across the globe have volunteered to join the cause and help Janyce Hill of the VPLL make up all the patterns from all of the 1912 issues of the French fashion magazine La Mode Illustree.  My preference is to sew children's or women's garments, though menswear is also included in the project.  I will blog about my progress and the construction process here...

It is hard not to get a bit excited about tackling this project after doing a little research into the fashions of the era and seeing the first of the patterns that have been prepared for us.  I look forward to the challenge, not only of recreating these fashions, but also to incorporating vintage details into my current garments.