Saturday, October 18, 2008

50's era smock top and sewing under pressure


4064S-50sPattern
Originally uploaded by Sharon Sews
I received an email the other day from the events coordinator at the Minnesota History Center. See, she had seen my post about the fabulous time my girlfriends and I had at the last RetroRama.

The email asked invited us to attend this Sunday's film festival wearing our 50s vintage attire. Well, how fun is that? I love these types of events, so naturally I checked around to see who might be interested in going with me.

Four of us are planning on going. Of the four, I was the only one with nothing to wear! See, my adorable 50's black and white dress with the pink pom-pom trim is now too large.

I wasn't too worried. After all, I am SUPER SHARON!

And I sew :-)

Digging thru the vintage pattern stash I came across this 1953 smock top pattern from Simplicity - Simplicity 4064. Not only were all the pieces there, but it was in my size...which meant no alterations.

Okay, so hard could it be? Whip up a little smock top; add poodle appliqués to the pockets; and sew a black pencil skirt. I need one in my wardrobe anyway. Piece a cake right?

Uh, wrong. It's taking so much longer than I anticipated. The pattern is well drafted and everything is going together beautifully. It's just taking much longer than I thought it would.

It's the middle of Saturday afternoon and I need to wrap it up for the day while I finish household chores - dishes, vacuuming, laundry. Normally I'd let these slide but hubby has been on this horrendous work schedule with way too much overtime and I don't want him to feel like he needs to worry about household chores after putting in a 70 hours week!

The top ain't looking so good at the moment ... and most of this evening's time is already spoken for.

4064S-50sPink

Sigh... I guess I'm just a sewing optimist. Always thinking I can sew more in less time than is humanly possible :-) Pin It

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