I finally finished my first #VintagePledge pattern of the year! As you may recall back in January I announced my plans for the 2015 #VintagePledge, a sewing challenge hosted by Marie from A Stitching Odyssey along with Kerry from Kestrel Makes.
The goal of the sewing challenge is to sew a given number of (in my case 7) vintage patterns throughout the year. I decided to start with the easiest of the patterns, vintage 1972 Simplicity pattern 5022.
My plan was to make view 3 of the pattern and use a plaid seersucker fabric from my stash. I felt that it had kind of a 1970’s feel.
As it turns out I didn’t have quite enough fabric, not completely anyways. I really liked the plaid and knew it was prefect for this shirt, but the thought of mixing fabric patterns was a little frighten to me.
Mix and Matching
After deciding it would be okay to mix fabric, I went through my stash to see what would match. Since the plaid was a seersucker material, I thought the accent fabric should be the same. As it happens I had a white seersucker fabric that had little blue flowers on it. The plaid fabric already had blue in, so I figured this would be a prefect paring.
The front facing for the shirt was to be cut with the front of the shirt and then folded over. However, I didn’t have enough fabric for this. Instead I folded the pattern on the fold line for the facing and added ½ inch.
I cut the facing out of my contrasting fabric and again added ½ inch. This meant that I could now sew the facing to the shirt fronts, using a ½ inch stitch.
This particular pattern was actually my size, or so it said. After I cut out the pieces I did a quick pinning and tried it on. While the shirt had a 38” bust, I’ve learned that most commercial patterns are made for a B-size cup, which means your fuller figured ladies have to adjust.
I didn’t want to mess too much with the pattern, so I decided that I would just sew the side seams at ½ inch instead of 5/8 inch. This worked fine, except for the center bust button is a little on the snug side, but still looks modest enough.
The only other adjustment made was the armholes. I’ve mentioned before I’ve got country girl arms, so I need space in the armholes. To address the issue I made it really easy. I cut and sewed the armhole facing pieces together at 3/8 inch seam.
After checking the facing on my arm I pinned it to the armholes of the shirt matching up the notches. The shirt armholes had a little extra fabric that extended past the facing, which I trimmed back. It was very little but once the shirt armholes matched up with the facing the fit was perfect.
Finally I added the collar using the contrast fabric and my personalized tag. I’ve used these tags in a few projects now and really love them. I designed the tag myself and asked my co-worker, the screen-printing professor if I could screen-print them. He was gracious enough to set up the screen for me and help me print them.
I really like how the tag finishes off the shirt and makes it look like a real product.
The Completed Shirt
I finished off the shirt with a set of vintage yellow buttons I found in my button stash. I was quite pleased with how the worked with the shirt.
While I wasn’t sure about the fabric mixing at first, I am totally in love with it now. I think it adds a bit of interest to the project.
I really like how the shirt turned out and how comfortable it is to wear.
With the first of my #VintagePledge patterns down it’s time to turn my attention to my next project.