Readers, the maternity smock is finished and yes, I do have clothes on underneath it. Quick: separated at birth?
Speaking of underclothes, oh, so hilariousSassy Lassy emailed me this morning, suggesting I might want to stitch Cathy up a pair of these:
I think patterns like this one may be part of the reason why "Sew Lovely" went kaput. But someone please tell me why Advance (the J.C. Penny house brand) went out of business. Some of my favorite men's and women's patterns are from Advance and I always enjoy their artwork. Anybody have the inside scoop?
And speaking of Advance, let's get back to my Advance 8152 smock (from 1956, btw). I'm very happy with the way it turned out, though (as always) there are a few things I'd change, like the angle of the stripes on the cuffs. But hey, no biggie.
Don't you just love the back button tab detail that keeps the back center pleat in place?
Making a smock like this is a lot like making a men's bowling shirt (the type with no collar stand), though I wouldn't recommend bowling in a smock. Here is the neck facing that will get turned inside to finish the collar.
The cuffs have facings too! The finished cuffs are abit big, in my opinion, but that's the pattern.
I was all set to use these ritzy vintage rhinestone shank buttons. I made my buttonholes and drat -- the holes were too small (I neglected to factor in the height of the button and not just the diameter), so I used these vintage plastic pink ones instead.
The front buttonholes are vertical, but I made the top one horizontal, so the collar has some room to shift if need be.
And that's it for the smock I think. Still no word on the duster/coat pattern, but I'm hoping it arrives today. I won't be sewing much this holiday weekend -- which reminds me: Happy Name of Your Holiday, everybody!
And with that I wish you all a great weekend. Get plenty of rest and don't forget to sew!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly 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!