I have a sewing nook, aka studio. Unfortunately in the middle of Winter, it is freezing and in the middle of Summer its a veritable inferno. For that reason the sewing nook aka studio spends much time as a storage area for my patterns and the household ironing board. In the evenings I do pop in there to sew, but sewing with a small baby usually means sewing in fifteen minute increments. A dress that might take six to ten hours straight can take me a few weeks… and it usually means moments stolen at midnight or very early in the morning if I have gotten up to feed and change bub and got him back to the land of nod.
So today I was in there sorting through a few things and came across a Summer bag I hadn’t known I had left in there. It may have been there from the move, there were receipts and movie ticket stubs from about this time last year when I lived in Sydney. Discovering such things in a misplaced handbag or occassionally in the pocket of a jacket I haven’t worn for a while is always like a glimpse at a past period in ones life. It was nice to reflect momentarily on the weekends I could go to the beach or spontaneously see a movie! That, I am told, is unlikely to happen much over the next eighteen years!
Speaking of beaches and sunnier climes, I found a great Audrey Hepburn calendar for 2012 with some images I had never seen. One was of the young Miss Hepburn smiling bright eyed and fresh-looking from what appeared to be the side of a yacht. The picture was taken in 1954.
In that spirit, todays pattern is McCalls 9097, a printed pattern from a few years earlier made up of 15 pattern pieces.
Among the recommended fabrics were gingham, silk, cotton broadcloth and linen. A great pattern from the period for a similar, fresh, Summery look. The great feature about this shirt pattern is that if you hate sewing buttons/ button openings, this shirt actually uses a side zip (or “slide fastener” as patterns of those times referred to them).
Has it got style? …Who could argue with Miss Hepburn!?
I sooo want to make this one… I just have to finish several other projects first! The McCalls Summer dress I am working on has progressed… facings are done, bodice has been sewn to the 6 gore skirt (with lots of pressing in between) and now I have to insert the zipper, hem it and finish the seams… that should only take me (…in random 15 minutes increments…)..? A couple of weeks?!?!