As the weather somewhat cools off (silly Missouri, it goes back and forth so much), I've begun the process of "winterizing" my wardrobe. I haven't gotten to the point of pulling out my winter clothes quite yet (still not cool enough), but I'm beginning to tone down my look a bit for the season.
I'm turning to separates that I can put on or shed depending on how the weather goes, darker colors, sweaters, and foregoing the bright red lipsticks for more muted or berry tones. I put this outfit together using a fabulous cashmere sweater I picked up at a flea market and paired it with another vintage skirt and a button-down blouse I just finished! (Details are below!)
After trying out a different shirt pattern and finding it's not exactly what I wanted, I got this one. I adore the pattern, Simplicity 4762. I sized down in the bust, and I didn't change a thing. It's perfection! It has a perfect 40s silhouette ('cuz the pattern is from the 40s...), it's simple to make up, and the options for styling and customizing are endless. You'll be seeing my many versions of this pattern coming up on the blog, because boy do I have plans!
|seller photo, from Fancywork|
Are you doing any "winterizing" yet? What are the changes you make to your wardrobe for the changing season?
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Fabric: 100% cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 4762
Year: early 1940s
Notions: 4 buttons
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate! Cotton is good to go for the 40s and the buttons, although newer plastic, fit the style of the 40s as well.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? The area around the neck is strange. In some places it has four layers of fabric (The front facings, two collar pieces, and back facing), so it's a bit bulky. The instructions were not very clear on how to layer them properly, so if you haven't done collars before I'd double check your process with some more experienced as you go.
Did you change anything? Nope, I did not, but I think I'll skip the back collar facing next time and just hand sew the underside to the blouse. Less bulk.
Time to complete: 2 days
First worn: October 5, 2014
Total cost: Geez, I never properly keep track of this stuff. I think about $9 for fabric, about $10 for the pattern, and the buttons were given to me.
Notes: As always, size down on the bust size for this 1940s pattern, and have fun with it! It's so easy to customize!