January Sunshine!

January Sunshine! yellow wool a-line vintage skirt | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

January in North Carolina is a mystery to me. Just a few days ago it was freezing and then yesterday it was 45 and sunny! I suppose the ten degrees between 30 and 40 make a big difference. For those not-so-sunny days, though, I now have a cheerful yellow (YELLOW) skirt to perk myself up!

January Sunshine! yellow wool a-line vintage skirt | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

I don't have too much to say about the pattern or the construction. I used McCalls 7704 from 1965, and it's was a quick-and-easy project with minimal fuss. I didn't make any pattern adjustments. I'm wearing it with my t swift top.

Do you like my new jacket? NO I did NOT sew this (haaahaha), but I decided to include it in my pictures because it's upcycled! Plus it makes me feel like this:

January Sunshine! yellow wool a-line vintage skirt | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

I got it from Olga Road--I'm not positive about their production practices or anything but they make these jackets out of old leather trench coats and things. They aren't paying me to say this (although if they want to send me another jacket, I would not say no, duh).

Back to the sewing!

Some interior shots (inside the garment, and inside my house):

For the hem, I simply folded up twice and slip stitched it to the lining. This isn't really the best treatment for such a thick wool--really it would be better to use some hug snug and just fold it up once--but while hemming, I wanted to retain as much potential future length as possible. I was worried I had hacked off too much! After trying it on again, I think it looks good, but I guess there's no harm in having a little extra length in the hem, you know, in case I go through a growth spurt...

I decided to go with the pattern instruction for the zipper insertion since it was a new way I hadn't done it before. You snip the fabric and lining at the end of the zipper so that they work as one (like interlining) for zipper insertion and still look nice at the bottom. If I made and lined this skirt again, I wouldn't do it like this, I would just hand stitch the lining down or sew the lining and fashion fabric together the whole way down and hong kong bind it or something. As written, I ended up with raw edges, which I just zigzagged over (I don't have a serger).

January Sunshine! yellow wool a-line vintage skirt | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

I've officially adopted the lapped zipper as my very favoritest ever. It is easy, seemingly foolproof, and I love the way it looks with a button tab, as shown here. Mine look much neater than my centered zips, too, with only one sewing line to try and keep even.  

I originally saved this fabric to make a pencil skirt with. It is EXACTLY pencil yellow (for reference, the walls of my house below look blue, and that is because they really are blue, not blue-tinted white). I decided instead to try out this more a-line silhouette, which I don't think I have a single thing with. Now I do, and I love it. Next quandry: what colors would you wear with insane yellow??


A Peter Pan Collar Shirt

Instead of doing 2014 round-ups, I'm just getting on with it. I did an officially terrible job keeping up with any of my pledges, what with wedding planning, buying a house, general life, etc., so I'm not going to depress everyone by tallying them :) What do you say?

Today, however, I do have a left over bit from my vintage pledge last year: Butterick 3324, a cute little blouse pattern from that Mad Men era which I do so love. It is so convenient that Mad Men was created, since it gives everyone a great search keyword for those earlier 60s patterns. ;)

However, my copy is a 10, a size smaller than my usual vintage pattern size 12. It really is slightly too small, unfortunately.

The reason these pictures are all wrinkly is because I wanted to ask you--yes, you!--for help in fitting this top, so I wore it all day (the collar peeking out from my cardigan) to really get the wrinkles pressed in nicely :) I do think it can be modified to fit without grading up the whole thing--I think the front fits rather well (although I need to change the darts) but the back! It's tight through the back shoulders. If you can't see, there are shoulder darts, which is a great feature on a lot of vintage patterns (and fewer modern, in my experience). 

Can I add some width into the shoulder seams and then take it out in the darts so I don't have to alter the front? Is this the right way to go in fitting this? Should I add width in the front as well? How do those sleeve heads look to you? 

Here's my sweet collar, I just love a nice Peter Pan collar, don't you? Once I remake this blouse I'll pilfer the buttons off this one since these are not very well put on, I don't intend on continuing to wear this version once I have one that fits better!

So, readers, what do you think? Any suggestions as to how to better fit this shirt? 

Happy 2015!

UPDATE: I just read this new pattern hack to rid Colette's violet blouse from facings--I think I'll likely adopt this variation in my next version of this top.


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