In Fruitless Pursuit of the Perfect Fabric

11 Nov

What’s not to love about this pattern? The jaunty hat, the tight-fitting herringbone jacket, the lovely blouse and the two skirt options all call out to me to make them THIS. MINUTE! Unfortunately the hat is not included in the pattern.

I love patterns from the period of  1938-1941 as they are not quite as blouse-y as some styles of the mid-to late forties can be, and retain the fitted look favored throughout much of the mid to late thirties.

The problem I’m having is that I’d like to make a version similar to the one the tall model is sporting. A quick search for wool plaid fabrics online turned up woefully short of options. It’s a case of knowing what I want when I see it.  I tried finding a forest green herringbone tweed with the same results. Harumph! I’m going to run out today to scope out some of the fabric options (and Veteran’s Day sales!) and hopefully find something that will do this pattern justice. Wish me luck!

3 Responses to “In Fruitless Pursuit of the Perfect Fabric”

  1. Casey November 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM #

    Good luck on the fabric hunt! I’ve been trying to track down a decent plaid (wool, cotton, blend… just something I like) at a affordable price (everything I like is at least $15/yd) and have turned up nada. So pathetic considering I thought plaid was a hot thing this year! lol.

    ♥ Casey | blog

    • eileensbasement November 12, 2010 at 11:48 PM #

      I know!! I was at a certain fabric store we both know and love today and I found one decent one, and half off it was $25 a yard. Yikes! Needless to say, I didn’t buy it. I bought silk for a shirt and wool for a skirt instead 😉 Miss ya!


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