They look so practical (it's a dress! it's a vest! it's a skirt!), and I knew there was a hole in my 1940's Wearable Wardrobe without one. Jumpers were a great transition piece for women during World War II, smart enough for office/day wear, but casual enough to wear on the weekend playing sports or in your home garden.
|MovieMag47 on Flickr|
|The Black Pinafore on Etsy|
|Mine, DuBarry 5235|
|McCall 5607, from Bessie and Maive on Etsy|
After a bit of deliberation and toiles, the pattern I ended up going with was Mail Order 2082 - the sweetheart neckline and optional heart patch pockets.
And here's mine, made in navy gaberdine:
I was a little bit iffy on the sweetheart neck line and pockets - I like feminine clothes, but I was worried it might have been a bit too over the top. But actually, I love this!
It goes with just about every 40s blouse I own - and it was a snap to make. I will definitely sew this again, i've already got some more gaberdine lined up in another colour (and it only takes 2.5m of fabric).
- disregarded pattern instructions. I was surprised as this pattern fit me pretty much as-is!
- dropped bust dart point by an inch to line up with my bust.
- added an inch to each side of the front and back hips to allow for my pear shape.
- proper fabric facings on the neck and arm holes instead of bias binding.
- faced the tops of the heart pockets
- side zip instead of snaps
Cat hair and bakelite bangles - classy! Oops.
The blouse pattern is Wearing History Smooth Sailing (again) my favourite vintage shirt pattern. I've made this up so many times that it's silly to keep taking photos - so trust me, if you want a great 30s/40s shirt pattern try it out. The fabric is some random quilter's cotton that I thought looked a bit art deco, and the buttons are vintage celluloid.
My only change to the pattern this time was add a tuck dart to the base of the sleeve, and remove the cuff.
Belt - Asos
Bakelite Earrings and Bracelets - random from Etsy
Hair Flower - Viva Las Vegas
So what do you think - is your wardrobe missing a jumper?