Monday, February 11, 2019

McCall 3888: The Town and Country Cape

This is one of my favourite me-made ensembles ever. The cape, jacket and dress are all made using 1940 McCall patterns and the hat is from a 1941 McCall pattern.

I made the cape using McCall 3888 and opted for Version B which is the longer version.  It features an awesome coat lapel, two buttons and amazing square shoulders.

I made the cape using the same fabric as my Town and Country suit dress jacket--an amazing wool that I got in Birmingham.  I bought tons of this wool not really know what I was going to make but because I loved the colours!

And I'm super chuffed to use the same dress fabric as the lining fabric for my cape!

Here's a reminder of what the hat pattern looks like!

I'm feeling very Scottish in this ensemble--which ironically we took these photos on Robert Burn's Birthday! So perfect!

This is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh called Dean Village. It's a small hidden enclove of really cool old mill houses and a gorgeous river (the Water of Leith) running through it.

This is the suit dress pattern (blogged about here):

For me, the cape really completes the look and makes it feel like a proper 1940s ensemble.  I just love looking at old fashion photos of the time period with a suit that has a big matching coat or cape.  I want to make more matching outwear for my outfits now :)

Overall, super pleased with the ensemble. A coat would have probably been more wearable but there's something really special about a cape!

I might even have enough fabric to make a matching skirt! That would be awesome!!  And reminds me to always buy lots of wool fabric when I get a chance (not that I need any help buying fabric! hahaha)

MUAH: Vanity Thrills
Photos: Darja Bilyk  
Shoes: Bait Footwear

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Marlene Waistcoat

So delighted to add another piece to my Marlene suit--this awesome waistcoat made from a 1941 McCall pattern.

I just adore this pattern--McCall 4091 from 1941.  It features a very neat waistcoat design that has a split at the waist in the bodice front--which actually works great with high-waisted trousers.

I made view B but without the faux pockets. I like the streamlined front better and maybe I was also being lazy and just wanted to fit the waistcoat! haha.

The back is straight with a little belt and buckle. I probably should have taken some of the length out of the back but overall, I love the fit. Though waistcoats don't leave much room for holiday eating! hahaha.

The idea to make this waistcoat came from finding more of this fabric in my fabric stash.  I still have more too--so maybe I should also make a matching skirt!!

I made the jacket from a 1939 McCall pattern and the trousers from a reproduction 1941 pattern (both are blogged here and here) about seven years ago, so this entire outfit is from my favourite years of 1939-1941.

The fabric is an amazing lightweight wool with a great design. I ended up picking up maybe 6-7 metres of this on a half off sale and then decided it would turn into the perfect suit!

I just love the menswear 1940s looks--popularised by Katherine Hepburn and actresses like Marlene Dietrich (who I named this suit after!)

I just love the whole look and the waistcoat makes such a great difference! I now want to make waistcoats out of all my fabrics!!

We took these photos at a grand house just on the outskirts of Edinburgh and I love how well all the colours match.

I'm sold on making more 1940s suits and they are so wearable too!

What about you? Vintage suits, yes or no?

MUAH: Vanity thrills Photos: Darja Bilyk 
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