When this sew-a-long first popped up I jumped straight on the bandwagon. I am trying participate in a bit more around the blogosphere this year and I thought this was the perfect place to start. I already had a 1940's reproduction pattern (simplicity 3688) in my stash that I knew I could use and after seeing Tasha's pinafore skirt I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I did a little google search for some inspiration and came across this pinafore skirt by NudeeDudee which I used as my starting point. Instead of a pastel I decided to go with a forest green cavalier garbadine that I picked up from Spotlight. The straps are not actually functional. The buttons are just sewn on top for decoration.
Originally I was just going to take photos of this skirt with a blouse I have in my wardrobe. However, it isn't 1940's at all and I thought to myself if I was going to join in a sew-a-long I needed to do it properly. So I went on a search for a blouse pattern to make and came across this wrap blouse by Mrs Depew's Vintage. I didn't want to buy anymore fabric so grabbed this cream & yellow spotted seersucker from my stash. The only alteration I made to this pattern was to make a pleat in the sleeves instead of gathering them.
And this is how the blouse looks without the skirt. It is a wrap blouse so for the skirt I just pinned the wrap pieces across to the sides. I really like this blouse, however, if I was to make it again I think I would need to try and lower the v seam in the front so it actually sits below my bust. I am so glad I decided to take part in this sew-a-long. It was so much fun! I have another sew-a-long planned for this year and hopefully I will get to take part in many more. A massive thank you to Rochelle for organising this sew-a-long. I have had a lot of fun!