I received The Vintage Pattern Selector from my thoughtful sister-in-law at Christmas so a make from this book was long overdue.
Included in the book are 15 printable patterns that follow the usual PDF print-cut-stick format. The pattern 1940s Slip patter had a quirky feature… check out page D1 which is correctly orientated and positioned with C1 above and D2 to the right.
The pattern sizing is colour coded so you can’t save money by printing in grey-scale but quite nice that you can call yourself an arbitrary size yellow! The layout did not allow for cutting between sizes so I took a few flat measurements. By my calculations, the coloured lines for the medium and large sizes were the wrong way round. Best to make a toile as the pattern and, by now, my brain was in a bit of a muddle!
I’m glad I made a toile because I had a complete change of heart upon seeing the pattern come to life.
The incredibly pointy darts could be resolved by an SBA to remove the excess fabric and swapping the dart for gathering. I think the skirt panels would be better cut on the bias for a slip. However, I just wouldn’t wear it as a slip. I decided to save the intended fabric for another make. I finished the toile using bias binding instead of lace and rouleux straps (making those was character building!) I will wear it as a nightie.
Have you ever had a change of heart at the toile stage?