Friends, have you ever made your own shoulder pads? I have, and while it's not difficult, who wants to bother? Well, after picking up a pair of Dritz pads for $5.49 at Fashion Design Books on 27th Street, I think I'm going to go back to making my own.
You really have to see and touch these in person to get an idea of exactly how cheap and flimsy they are. I'm sure they didn't cost more than a nickle to make. And do they really have to come in a hard plastic box? What, are they going to break? I hate packaging that's just about making it easier to hang something on a display rack or to discourage shoplifting. There are many more shoulder pad options available in the Garment District, of course, but I was too lazy to go there just for these, so I guess I shouldn't complain. But still...
Anyway, I tacked them into my blouse, and they really make a difference.
Let me tell you about the finishing touches I made to Hollywood 1321, my band collar blouse pattern. I chose vintage gray plastic buttons; I don't even remember where I got them but they're cute.
I ended up serging my armscye seam allowances.
Buttonholes were no problem. I used my Singer buttonholer on my 15-91. Always works.
I added two narrow tucks below the waist in front, roughly 1/2" wide, just for shaping.
Doesn't this blouse make you want to take a letter or fix coffee or something? It's so Eve Arden!
Dear Customer Service Representative:
Please cancel my order for the two suits and a pair of shoes (dated September 18).
You recently notified me that the clothes were on back order and that you could not guarantee shipment until December. Because I need the clothes for a trip in November, neither outfit will be of use to me.
Please credit my account for the total amount ($413.56) immediately.
Sincerely, Mr. Peter Lappin
Male Pattern Boldness Industries, Incorporated
(Sample letter courtesy of Great Personal Letters for Busy People by Dianna Booher)
Will that be all, Mr. Lappin?
OK, kids, it's time to make the jumper. And how about those overpriced notions? Don't they make you crazy?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!