Monday, October 11, 2010

What I'm working on...

This weekend was fantastic for delving into a few sewing projects.  I've currently got several things I'm working on at the moment.  The first up is a dress from a 1940 McCall pattern:

I'm making View A, the collarless version, in the dark grey jersey material in the picture.  I picked up about 4 yards of this material for super cheap at a charity shop and it's been in my stash for awhile.  So, I am really excited to sew something up with it.  Plus, this grey will go with my plaid shoes!!

The other thing I am sewing up is a dickey!  Yup, a dickey (giggle).  A dickey is a faux blouse that you wear under a jacket.  They were really popular in the 40's.  I'm sewing up View 2 from this Simplicity pattern in the remnants of my hot pink silk that I used to make this other Simplicity blouse.


Here's a close-up of view 2:

Why not sew a full blouse you ask?  Well, I've been wanting to try out sewing a dickey.  Plus, I tend to get very warm in silk and other blousy materials and it's too cold to wear just a blouse but I often get too hot with a blouse and a jacket.  So, I'm thinking a dickey will be the perfect combination!  What do you think?

16 comments:

  1. I'm intrigued on the dickey idea - I know what you're talking about! But, I'd hate to be stuck wearing a jacket if I got really warm (the same as wearing a sleeveless under a jacket when at work - trapped!

    Also, I'm curious on the fit! Talk about gaping issues! is that back part in the drawing part of the pattern, or is it just the front part that's the pattern?

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  2. How neat! I love the skirt and the gathering on the dress.

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  3. Looks like some great projects. The dress looks lovely and the dickey..I never heard of those before. But it sounds great, I often wear sleeveless tops under jackets or cardigans. I look forward to seeing the results!

    Oh by the way, I notice that the bottom of your post (the last paragraph, combined with the 'you might also like' part) looks a bit scrambled up on my screen. (They seem to be put on top of eachother, making both parts unreadable). I am using IE8, don't know if that is the problem, but I thought I'd let you know. x

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  4. The dress pattern will probably make for a great garment and I LOVE the dickey idea, you can use your favourite fabric remnants and they look good under a cardigan/jacket :)

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  5. I love the idea! Wouldn't work for me because my office is boiling hot, but perfect for bonny Scotland, och! Looking forward to seeing the finished results...

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  6. Thanks everyone for the comments! Patty, the back is similar to the front in that it's just a straight line of fabric so to speak (obviously it will need to be worn with a cami as in the photos)....I'm curious as to how it turns out as well!

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  7. Wouldn't work for a menapausal woman in Australia. I'm hot, oh I CAN'T take my jacket off! A dickie moment for sure...

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  8. I love, love, love the idea of a dickey...what a beautiful pattern! Oh and the dress is fab too!

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  9. Dickeys are great fun to wear.

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  10. I think the dickey is a great idea! Please let us know how it works out for you because I may be interested in trying them. They could also look nice under a sweater with a deep v-neck.

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  11. The dickey is one of those look-good-on-a-budget ideas!
    It reminds me of when my sister and I were little girls - we had wool skirts on cotton poplin bodices that you would cover up with a jersey or something. I remember the bodice had horizontal tucks that you let out to lengthen the skirt as you grew taller!
    Such thriftiness with clothing is much rarer these days!

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  12. Oh wow! Can't wait to see these finished up :-)

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  13. That's very funny, please tell us if it is comfortable to wear and not distorted movements, I'm very intrigued!

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  14. Great patterns - looking forward to seeing the grey jersey number!

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  15. Add me to the list of 'intruiged by the dickey'... :0)
    Can't wait to see the end product.

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  16. Oh, pretty, pretty!! I love that hot pink silk !:) That grey jersey is awesome and what a steal!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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