I stitched up two pairs of trousers adapted from Vogue 2981, same size, same black cotton drill. Here’s mine. A bit snug over my thermals, but Spring is only here in name as yet.
I’m wearing it with the green embossed velvet top already posted. The flat yoke front of the adapted pants style works better for me than the original fly front under tops like this. The fly front invariably creates a bump. The second photo shows the yoke shape in this adaptation.
I cut a shirt pattern for a top to go with the brown and silver cloque skirt. I’m making this in pieces salvaged from a failed dress. The dress was empire line, but the project got ditched. Here’s one of the unpicked sleeves. The original was a couple of sizes up from me, but the different placement of the curves still made it a squeeze.
The pattern is drafted with a fly front. I’d like concealed buttons and an understated look.
There could be a couple of booby traps along the way. First, my fabric is quite hefty, with a brushed, almost suede look. Will the extra folded fabric on the centre front be too bulky?
Cutting the extra width for the fly front as well as princess line panels meant I could only squeeze out 1cm turnings. That’s the second trip wire. Without doing a toile, and minimum seam allowance, if I misjudged the fit in the pattern draft it’s toast. The fabric is free, but I hope it works because it’s a good colour with the cloque – not an exact match but sets it off nicely.
Before relegating an unlovely suiting in stash to be the next casualty of Pup’s investigations into the fluffy stuffing in the inside of his bed cushion (another new cover needed!) I did a burn test on it, just in case it was, after all, one of the wools I’d purchased in a sale. It wasn’t. We used to test fabrics like this, back in the day, before labelling and consumer protection. Now, at least from proper shops, you can generally rely on what it says on the tin.
I did a search to check if I’d remembered the test correctly, and came across this . Scroll down and there’s a test with bleach. Accidental splashes while cleaning the bathroom aside, I’ve never bleach tested to identify fibre. Anyone else tried this?