Tuesday, August 13, 2013

1910's seperates

This week's Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge was "separates", so I decided to make up one of my antique 1910's patterns that I bought this summer.  It is a very basic 7-gore skirt, and I'm guessing that it is from the very early 1910's.  As is often the case with patterns from this period, it actually turned out to be more A-line than the pattern drawing leads you to believe.  I made it from some wool houndstooth from my stash in green and black, and my original intention was to make a jacket to go with it later this fall.  It went together really quickly over the weekend, so that was nice since I was pretty exhausted from CoCo, and I was looking for a project that didn't require much effort.

But unfortunately, I'm not in love with the final skirt.  There's some odd puckering along a few seams that refuses to iron out, and even though I sized it down twice, it is still too roomy over the hips, which you can't really see in this picture, but it is more obvious in life.  Also, I was hoping for a skirt with straighter lines so it would have a more "modern" 1910's look.  This flared shape is a bit old-fashioned for the jacket I had picked out, so there's a pretty good chance that this will be the one and only wearing of this skirt.  I think I'll take it apart and try again with a different pattern when I get around to making the jacket.

Oh well.  You win some, you lose some.

6 comments:

Quinn said...

Hm... the shape of those pattern pieces and the finished skirt don't look anything like, do they? I hate when that happens!

Best,
Quinn

The Dreamstress said...

What a bummer! It's gorgeous fabric, and I really like the overall shape (though it certainly isn't the slim look the pattern shows) but I think I can see the pulling on the seam. I'd guess it was from the grainlines changing across the skirt.

Good luck with re-making, and good on you for getting right back in to sewing after Costume College. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

The Choll said...

What a marvelous turn of events! I desperately, ardently, NEED a pattern with that shape, from that time period. Are you interested in selling the pattern, by any chance?

Jen Thompson said...

Choll - I'm not really interested in selling any patterns right now, but Wearing History has a skirt pattern that has a similar shape: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/cordelia/

Lady D said...

I think it looks great. I would wear it. I'm sure you can utilize the skirt in some way.

Diary of a Vintage Modiste said...

I think it looks lovely! You could always taper in your seams to create a straighter silhouette.

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