Tuesday, 18 February 2014

More 40s style; Simplicity 3688 and Vogue 8772

Firstly thanks so much if you have recently started reading my little meanderings, its really nice to know I'm not alone!  I have been trying to make some sensible separates so that I have something to wear (i.e. no more cocktail dresses for a while!).  so here is Simplicity 3688 (the trousers) and Vogue 8772 (the blouse). 

This is my second pair of these trousers and I'm pretty pleased with the fit.  I now realise that as my waist is high that means that I need to lengthen trousers (and it explains why ready to wear trousers don't really fit).  I like my trousers wide but fitted round the waist and these fit the bill.  The fabric is 100% wool from Azkaban and costing about £5, a bargain.  The blouse was left over silk charmeuse from my Anna dress and feels beautiful (needs tucking in a bit here!).  It is the first time I have made a collar stand:

... and it worked OK.  This was supposed to be a pussy bow blouse but there wasn't quite enough material.

These go well with my Dior jacket (yes I'm getting a handmade wardrobe).


Sorry about the gloomy light, in fact it started raining!  The kitten wondered what we were doing.

We have had one lovely day.  All the animals were lining up ready for a walk (yes that means the cats too - odd household ours!)

I really enjoyed the sunshine and the snowdrops

I've also enjoyed some Olympcs and glad to see that knitting is officially cool.  This is the finish snowboarding coach, and the whole team has been knitting this scarf!

I'm enjoying 4 days off at the moment and working on my next big project which is a Chanel style jacket from this fabric! 
I can't decide whether to go the whole hog and have trim, what do you think?  I haven't found a good supplier of suitable trims either!  Well enough rambling it's finally time for the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee.


  1. Oh Mags I thought of you when the Sewing Bee started! I've not watched it yet, it's on catch up, but I didn't really get into it last year and felt I was missing out on something, so this year I will watch with dedication.

    The blouse is really lovely. I have been thinking lately that I'd like a cream silk blouse, to perk up skinny jeans, but a loose one (I don't have your tiny waist!). It never occurred to me to make one, I think it's probably safer to stick to cotton at this stage. And the trousers, gorgeous too, and such a good fit. There is such a nice 1940s quality to the fabrics and patterns you choose, and they seem to suit your body shape so well.

    Anyway, have a great week. x

  2. Thanks Gillian. Hope you've managed to see some of the sewing Bee. A cream silk blouse would be lovely. Silk isn't the easiest thing to sew with or even cut out so you are probably right to start with cotton. I find silky fabrics challenging and can get a much better finish with cotton. Have a good weak too. xx