After that, I went through every single piece of fabric in my stash to see if there was anything else that would work, and I decided there wasn't. Aside from the brown crepe. Which I decided I can't make up right now. I do think I will probably make it--just not right now, at the beginning of spring. Maybe about six months from now.
So that plan's kinda shot.
I spent the rest of the evening going through all the fabric and patterns/designs available to me, trying to come up with something. Eventually, after looking through a Make Do and Mend booklet, I decided to not actually use any fabric. Or, for that matter, a proper pattern, either. During the war, women were encouraged to remake old clothes rather than making (or buying) new things, so that's what I'm doing here.
I'm still not totally happy with the outfit I've decided on, and started making, though. Kind of hoping I wind up having enough spare time this month to wring out another project, too. However--
Anybody remember these pants? They were one of the first things I posted on this blog. At that time, I was planning to take them in so they fit me better, but still keep them as pants. And, er, that never happened, and a while ago I decided that I would never wear them, even if I made the fit perfect. I hadn't gotten rid of them yet, though (probably because I had already ripped them apart at the seams; I guess I thought it would be better to sew them back up and give them to Goodwill, rather than just throwing them away. I mean, they're decent pants, and retro is in, and there are definitely people who would wear them. I'm just not one).
One of the things the booklet I have suggests is making a skirt out of men's trousers. And I thought that, while I wouldn't wear these as pants, as a skirt, I just might. I highly doubt that any man went off to fight in World War II and left pants like these in his closet to be remade, but it's the idea that counts. And at least people did wear plaid in the 40s. Maybe not polyester plaid--the label doesn't have any information on fabric content, but I'm pretty sure these are 100% polyester. And that isn't 40s-appropriate, either, but it's Make Do and Mend so I'm counting it. (Hopefully others will too.) And maybe from a distance it looks wool-like enough, too. Maybe.
I actually finished the skirt this morning, but I won't post pictures yet--I want to do the whole outfit. I'll probably talk a bit more about the construction, too, in the final project post. Well, here is one "preview."
But a skirt is only half an outfit. For the top half, I'm remaking a blouse that I have (still, for who knows what reason; I haven't worn it in years) from my table-waiting days, copying McCall 4580. In general, the booklet suggests making men's shirts into children's clothes, so this is going to be a pretty tight squeeze. The girl in the booklet's sample picture like she's in her early teens, and the shirt I started with was pretty big on me, but still.
|(Here's the original, on Annie Laurie because I couldn't bring myself to put it on. Poor Annie Laurie; I make her wear all the ugly clothes. Although to be fair, this particular garment looks way better on her than it does on me.)|
|(I didn't wind up using the original yoke pieces at all. The two pins on the sleeve mark where I cut the yoke facing. I didn't do a facing for the back neck--maybe I'll see if I can squeeze that out somewhere. Or not.)|
So. At this point, I've finished cutting out the blouse pieces and doing my markings. Now I just need to sew everything together and see if it even comes close to fitting me as a blouse ought. We'll see...