Friday, December 30, 2022

Winter Foliage

The verdict is in . . . I love my new blouse!

Honestly, the choice of a polka dot illustration on the pattern cover drew me right in.  Because, in my opinion, one can never have enough dotted fabric in one's closet and/or fabric stash!  Alas, I do not have three yards of blue and white polka dot fabric laying around.  But I did have other options.

And I had to have that beautifully draped collar in my closet.

So it was a sure thing that I would make the pattern, the only question was . . . when will I get around to it.  I have been trying to cut right into newly purchased patterns while they are fresh in my memory instead of letting them drop out of sight and letting them languish in a pile with all of the other patterns I keep meaning to try.

I have been making quite a few vintage patterns as of late, so I decided to take a break from delicate pattern tissue and go for the tried and true Vintage Vogue series from Vogue Patterns.   With those parameters,  Vogue 1863 was an obvious choice.  Because who could forgot those polka dots!  That, and the pattern was still sitting on my sewing table.

At this point, I generally feel quite secure with Vogue Patterns and know what to expect from their sizing, directions, etc.

This pattern proved to be as easy to follow as one could expect.  With the exception of a mis-drafted dart edge, this pattern was very straight forward.  And with my choice of quilting cotton, it was very easy to piece together.

I would be interested to see how this would look in a more drapey fabric.  I suspect it would look quite lovely.

And I would not be opposed to making another, so I may have to test that theory!

Now I just have to decide if this print goes beyond holiday appropriate garb.  I am thinking it might.  Sure, it's red and green, but who's to say it's not just berries with pretty green leaves . . . and those are around all year long.  Perhaps pairing it with a black skirt would tone down the Christmas theme?!

Blouse:  Made by me, Vogue 1863
Skirt:  Made by me, Charm Patterns "Stanwyck Skirt"
Earrings:  Made by Cousin Carol
Necklace:  Vintage
Shoes:  Anne Klein "Foxie"


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