Saturday, December 06, 2008

'47 Frankie

I wasn't going to finish this tonight, but she called me and I had to!

The top half is Butterick 5209 (subtitled "Retro '47').

But the gathered skirt didn't appeal, so I frankensteined Butterick 4859 (fishtail skirt)
on the bottom. I lengthened the skirt a bit, and took out the 'side flip'.

It's not as formal lookin' in person as it is in this picture for some reason. It's also more fifties-shaped than the thirties-shape it looks on Jane, but that might be because I am more that way...

Busy Busy Busy

I found this old hem marker at Rozelle Markets last weekend. When I went to hand over the money, the stall holders asked me what it was. They thought it was something used for chemistry apparently. Maybe I'm wrong, but that little dish looks made for pins and the little metal thing fits my 20+ year old piece of tailor's chalk perfectly. (Seriously, does that chalk ever run out?)

I haven't been making frocks, but I have been sewing and knitting. It's gift-makin' season.
The hoodie is from this 'Get Creative' pattern from Spotlight, and it turns out it's a very well drafted pattern. I will give them a second look for basics now. The fabric is a flannel from Spotlight as well. It has a 'kangaroo pocket' on the front which is fairly hard to make out because of the busy car print, you can just see it in the closeup shot. That's for a 5 year old nephew. 5 year olds need pockets for stones and balloons and lollies.

The jumper below is the child's placket jumper from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It's in Filatura di Crosa's Zara merino, so lovely and sproingy to knit with. I love this book and have made many things from it, mainly gifts as it happens. This one is for 3 year old niece. These children live in Europe, hence the winter clothing gifts. Click to embiggen so you can see the little lady bugs climbing up the placket.
So too busy to make frocks. I still have one gift left to make, another western shirt for Mr M in a lovely wine-coloured poplin. I'd really like to get wine or burgundy coloured pearl snap closures. Snap source don't have them.