Good news! Except for sewing in the shoulder pads, Cathy's new frock is finished.
Rather than hem the short sleeves, I added my own bias tape. It gives the sleeve edges a bit more heft.
As you can see up top, I also made a self-fabric belt. It's faced with a poly charmeuse I wish I had never bought -- it's too thick for most projects.
We're going with the red gloves, I think, and some tasteful bling.
With the summer sun and Cathy's fair complexion, a picture hat is a must. But Cathy's only light-colored summer hat is a shapeless affair with more of a Thirties feeling than a Forties. What to do?
I happened to have some wire specifically made for hat brims, purchased back when I thought I might try making my own vintage-style hats, which never happened.
I measured the circumference of the hat, cut off a piece of wire, and stitched it to the hat edge with a dense zigzag stitch. Now I could shape the hat how I wanted and the shape would hold.
What I wanted was something like this -- quick, name that movie!
Here's what I was able to come up with -- still a work in progress but getting there.
If Cathy doesn't oversleep or break out in hives, we're shooting this outfit tomorrow; please pray for partially sunny skies and cool river breezes. If all goes well, we may shoot some video for Sunday's vlog -- Cathy's film debut!
Finally, I couldn't resist this well-priced accessories pattern on eBay yesterday -- I blame my cousin.
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!