Readers, it's maternity week here at MPB and it may be maternity month. For we've suffered a bit of a set-back -- nothing serious, mind you, only one of the Etsy sellers whose maternity pattern I purchased sent me the wrong item.
So instead of receiving this:
I received this:
McCall's 2433, which makes either a short "lounging coat" (pictured up top, cat not included) or longer robe, is from the mid-Fifties and definitely has a "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" and "Auntie Mame" vibe to it.
I'm not a huge fan of Chinese jackets but they were very popular in the mid-Fifties and have never entirely faded from American fashion. Anyway, it won't be part of Cathy's maternity outfit (nor is it even her size; it's a 31-32" bust) though the seller did say I could keep it. Perhaps I'll make it part of a giveaway. It comes complete with an embroidery transfer, though I have no idea what to do with one. Are you supposed to embroider over it?
Anyway, while I'm waiting for the correct outerwear pattern, Simplicity 3216, to arrive, I can start on the other part of the outfit. Advance 8152 came yesterday, so today I'm going through my fabric stash to see if there's anything suitable for it.
Many months ago at the flea market I picked up many, many yards of five different vintage cotton fabrics, one of which I used to make Michael this flowered shirt.
Poor Michael is recovering from a nasty bout of the flu (which I had better not get), by the way. Here's my view of him at this very moment:
Anyway, the fabric I'm thinking of using is this -- which I think has an appropriate period feel and also coordinates with a pink cotton stripe that was part of the same haul.
I also have this oyster cotton sateen that might work for the coat, as well as some green cotton that could be a skirt if I decide to do the skirt as a solid.
Maybe the stripe can line the coat. Or I can use the stripe for the blouse and make the coat out of the floral. I'm going to have to meditate on this a bit. I think I like Version 3 of the blouse, the gathered front with the bow tied neck band. I'm open to your suggestions, not that I'll necessarily act on them of course!
The skirt is one of those vintage maternity types with the gaping hole at the top to accommodate a growing belly, and this one has a strap that the skirt waistband loops through to hold it up. Weird, right? Still, I'm determined to make it as directed.
And that's all the excitement today here at MPB headquarters. Thoughts, opinions, caveats?
Have a great day, everybody!
(Watched this last year and found it excruciating...and not in a good way.)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!