Kids, it's still 1942 at MPB for better or for worse. So bring out the popcorn and let's watch "Holiday Inn," "For Me and My Gal, "You Were Never Lovelier" and "Casablanca" -- a quadruple feature. Just stay home from work, OK?
Never one to let parental visits get in the way of my sewing (I just throw 'em out at a certain point), I did make some notable progress on my 1942 Hollywood dress yesterday.
Obviously this will need to be hemmed, among other things. The bodice is almost done; it needs sleeves, waistline pleats and gathers and then to be attached to the skirt.
As you can see, the skirt is quite swingy and drapey. Upon closer examination, the slightly-off-grain issue I mentioned yesterday seems less dramatic; in fact I think it's actually supposed to be somewhat on the bias. As far as matching the pattern on either side of the skirt, well the pattern is quite busy and falls naturally into pleats, so I don't think it's a problem; we'll see what the finished garment looks like.
Here's a close-up of the gathered yoke...
And the neckline. This will be all-but-covered by a bow of some sort.
I really want to finish this today, if possible. I may let the skirt hang another day or so before hemming just in case it needs to stretch itself out a bit more. I also have to track down Cathy, who was last seen sitting vigil outside Lindsay Lohan's minimum security prison. And then there's the question of shoes.
My but that flowered fabric is busy, isn't it? We'll have to tone that down somehow.
And so the day begins....
Even if you can't stay home today, please enjoy Fred Astaire dancing with one of my favorite gowns worn by a popular starlet of the time whose name escapes me. (Dance begins at 2:30 for opponents of lip-synching)
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