Finishing touches have been applied to my gingham top and matching zipper procured. For this particular make I’d bought some gingham from Fabrix when I should have been elsewhere, doing something else. But, as happens, when you put a fabric store next to several of my favorite dim sum bakeries, chaos ensues and gingham is bought with a pork bun side.
After buying the gingham I was at a loss as to what to make out of it that didn’t look too little girl or “guess who repurposed a tablecloth?” I finally decided to to troll through the really old copies of Burda World of Fashion I have in my garage. These date back to times when the pattern sheets were not totally crammed with patterns and tracing off was much easier. I also wanted to justify keeping a couple dozen copies of old pattern magazines.
So after much looking and dithering I decided on a simple shell. This one is from 3/1999 #117. I only added 2″ to the length of the body, other than that I made it as writ. Nothing too outlandish, princess seams, small bust darts and a one piece neck/armhole facing with a back invisible zipper. I didn’t follow the directions (which were as brief then as they are today) but this was pretty darn straight forward.
I’m glad I looked through the old patterns (1999-2002ish) since there are a lot of good basic shapes in there and if high waist pants reemerge, I’ve got a collection of patterns from which to choose. There were also many good skirts, blouses and dresses as well as my love of old – coats! Too hot to think about coats right now though. Happy 1999!