Jul 8, 2014
Do you want to laugh?
I just received McCall's 8536 (above), a vintage Willi Smith pattern from 1983. I picked it up because it includes a really cool collarless shirt design with pockets in the front yoke seams: it's so rare to find something unusual in a men's shirt pattern. It also makes long pants, shorts, and a very Miami Vice-y unlined jacket.
So I'm looking at patterns in my size on Etsy yesterday and I stumble up this -- McCall's 8535. Look familiar?
Anything different from 8536? OK, maybe --maybe -- the pants are cut differently. I wonder why they didn't just call it a unisex pattern. Maybe by 1983 the term unisex had lost its cachet.
I also received my early Thirties dress pattern, the one with no identifying label. (I'm figuring it's a mail order pattern.) All the instructions are on the inside of the envelope. I think it's a very pretty dress; not sure if I'll make it anytime soon -- we'll see.
In other news, my jacket it basically finished, thank goodness. Tomorrow I hope to buy buttons and, since I'll be in the Garment District, I may spring for a couple of Jonathan Embroidery buttonholes. I don't know why I expected this jacket to be a walk in the park -- it wasn't. I spent two days just hand sewing all the hems and inserting the lining.
I believe I still have enough fabric to make a pair of matching pants and I may use that Williwear pattern for those. My other option is to make pants cut like jeans using Kwik Sew 3504, which would be easier. Either way, I need this to be finished soon: I'm getting tired of navy blue.
And that's it!
Am I the only one making a suit in July?
Have a great day, everybody!