I just finished up this sewing project for the Historical Sew Fortnightly’s “Wood, Metal, & Bone” Challenge. Since The Dreamstress said that rayon and cocoanut shell were allowed as part of “wood”, this is my entry.
In the 1930s there was a fad called a “suit frock” or “jacket blouse”. These took the tailored look of a suit and combined it with a more casual alternative.
For this challenge I used two vintage patterns from 1936. Since they were from the same year, the same size, and the same pattern company, they were based off the same basic blocks and fit together without any extra alterations. I liked the front of one blouse and the back of another.
The Challenge: Wood, Metal, & Bone
Fabric: Linen look fabric- blend of linen and rayon.
Pattern: Two vintage McCall patterns
Notions: Cocoanut shell ship buttons and buckle, metal zipper, metal snaps.
How historically accurate is it? Very. I used interlocking, which was available in factory made clothing but not in home made clothing.
Hours to complete: Quite a few. Like usual, I didn’t keep track. I spent the better part of one day on it, then 15 to 20 minutes throughout the last week every day.
First worn: Yesterday, September 21, 2013, to a friend’s birthday party.
Total cost: I had everything in my stash, so don’t remember what the cost was of each part individually. I didn’t, however, pay $0.10 each, like the patterns have on them in marker (sadly).