In the end, I couldn't just leave it without attempting to do the seams the way it is done in the show. Fortunately I got Madge, my new dress form, recently and I ended up draping the tucks and darts in the shirt to get the right fall.
The sleeves from the Simplicity pattern fall perfectly, but needed cuffs and figured I’d just wing them. The first time I made the shirt, it was closing in on midnight the night before I was due to wear it, and I accidentally made them too small. So I had to redo these for the next wearing, but by then I’d run out of interfacing and only had a heavy sew-in interfacing. Seeing as I was once again doing this last minute, on a Friday after all the stores had closed, I just went with it. But it wasn’t comfortable. The georgette was thin enough that I could feel the creases in the interfacing and the whole thing almost felt like there was plastic inside, so that had to get changed again.
Eventually, the cuffs got done.
One major detail that was half-assed for the first wearing, but got properly fixed later was the trim. I looked everywhere for this trim. I scoured Dublin, I looked in Belgium, I trolled through London. I picked up 4 different trims and wasn’t happy with any of them. Well, that’s because they didn’t use trim in the show, they just stitched it in red thread. /facepalm
Adding the thread was very easy. I did 5 rows of parallel thread lines echoing the edges of the collar and the cuffs. It looks great, and I was quite happy that I added that little detail. I just wish I’d realised before buying all that other trim….
And that is Peggy's shirt. It is a little low, and if I did it again I'd use something other than georgette, because even though it looks great, it was a royal pain to work with. It is both visually and historically correct for the 1940's but in future I'd be happy to have something easier to work with but slightly less accurate.
This is probably the last complete post about this costume, specifically, unless people have questions. If you'd like to see more photos of the overall look, you should check out my Facebook where these things keep turning up.
I am so happy with how it turned out overall. I love the costume. I love the fit. And people's reactions to it are just wonderful to see. So I'll leave you with one of my favorite shots of it so far.
|Photo by George Germaine|