Tuesday, August 03, 2010

last day of summer vacation!

Dang. That went by super fast!

I really enjoyed my summer though, lots of sewing, lots of reading, lots of loafing. Can't ask for more than that.

I'm not big on regrets (what a waste of time!) but I do wish that I had sewn more bottoms this summer. I have plenty of bottom-weight fabric, and I had plans for bottoms for fall, but alas, I thought my WW efforts might sabotage any bottom-sewing. Bottoms are much harder to wear over size changes.

I needn't have worried. I didn't really do much on the weight loss front this summer, giving up on strictly following the online WW plan back in June because it was making me crazy. I'll jump back on the wagon in the next week or two when I get back on a more "regular schedule" during the day.

Meanwhile, I have no bottoms. And only one day left of summer vacay. Great! (Story of my life.) I pulled out this great little mail order pattern yesterday and did a quick tissue fit:

I would date this to early-mid 1960s? I have no idea where I got it! Probably ebay, but there is no envelope, so I'm not sure which mail order namesake it carried. The number though is 4992. Isn't that jacket fabulous??

The skirt does not have a cut-on kick pleat (although it seems to in the illustration), but rather it's an actual full-length pleat in center back. Interesting! I don't think I've encountered this before. It's a very simple silhouette, and I have just the royal blue linen to give it a go!

If it goes well, I have two other pieces of linen that would be suitable, but I'd really like to have a variety of skirts, so I might be looking for other details to add to future versions. On the bright side...should be a quick project and I'll end up with ONE bottom to start school in! (haha. Just kiddin. I still have some sewing time...actual school-clothes-wearing days don't start for another 2.5 weeks!)


  1. Oh you funny girl! I have a variety of bottoms - all the same 2 skirts - in different fabrics over and over. Apparently I'm in a rut! g

  2. Oh puhleeze... I know you just are hoping we can tell you that it's ok to go to school bottomless from now on.

    Wait. I think I had that nightmare before. Or was it the one where everyone suddenly turns into monkeys? I'm not sure.

  3. I'm happy to hear that you will have at least one bottom for the school year. You would be quite a conversation piece if you didn't :). That's pretty blue linen!

  4. Oooh, the blue linen will make a lovely skirt! Like the jacket, too. I make the same fave skirts over and over, should branch out and do some tops soon.


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