I have seen the trousers of Simplicity 4044 pop up in a lot of places recently, maybe due to Lucky Lucille’s 1940′s sewalong.
The actual sewalong slogan is “Sew for Victory”, and from the start I felt a little bit awkward about it but could not put my finger on it until last week, where my friend spelt it out. Basically the title references the second world war era, and being German I do not have feelings of victory associated with that time. It is a difficult topic I guess anyway, and moving to England at the age of 13 when the UK kids had just had WW1 and WW2 at school I was called all sorts of names.
But anyway I won’t go more into this, it is about the fashion and reproducing it! I do love 1940s fashion. See below me in my favorite 1940s reproduction dress from Vivien of Holloway.
For the sewalong there have been loads of posts around the make up as well, and I think there are some prizes to be won too! I however love the 1940s hair but cannot make my hair do anything ever. SO I am just being me as I will wear this outfit. So here is my outfit.Considering I own a 1940s style dress I wanted something different.
I added the Gertie blouse from my sewingdare. My future vision is to have a pussy bow blouse from Gertie’s book to go with it in the same print fabric.
Both items jacket and trousers are made from material I got at the craft fair a few weeks ago. I planned to just make the trousers but loved the fabric so much I thought I would attempt the jacket.
First the trousers:
1. Love the little v detail. I messed it up a lil bit but it still looks ok if you dont come too close.
2. I adjusted the pleats a little bit. Made them a tad longer. The crotch also needed some adjusting to avoid major camel toe and wedgy!
3. The lapped zipper also came out ok. This is only the second time I have attempted to make one.
4. Overall the instructions were really simple and there is only like 4 pieces!! This was such a change from the thurlows! However being not made for the “juicy pear” shape (stolen from Gok wan) these do need to be teamed with something that balances my frame out. Otherwise I am all bum! lol
This is where the jacket comes in:
1. I love those flap details and thought these will be great to balance me out. I now feel like it just looks military … I had to use dark green! lol
2. I cut a size too big (“you did not make a muslin?” “No, i did not! ). The reason for not making a muslin was, that the fabric I was using is actually the cheapest I have around, and being the impatient seamstress I just went ahead.
3. For the lining I used the same material as for the Truffle. I still have enough for another jacket! ha!
4. For a first try I am quite happy, just a shame about the size. Maybe I need to bulk up a bit to fill it out. haha!
5. Oh the pockets are slightly misplaced too but not sure anyone will notice.
The fabric was exactly enough for the trousers and the jacket. I have no more left. It is lovely to wear. Really soft and warm. I am partially debating to unpick the lining and fit the jacket a tad more. What do you think?