This sweater was a fun re-fashioning challenge! I loved the color of this sweater I found a few years ago, but it was so plain, and really didn't fit in with the vintage wardrobe I was trying to emulate.
So, I looked for some 30s inspiration to add interest. I didn't have my collection of books back then and it was pre-Pinterest, so I turned to our handy collection of movies made in the early 1990s and set in the 30s. :-) Early Poirot movies, Jeeves and Wooster, and Campion all have fairly accurate and inspiring styles. The Poirot movies in particular are my favorite- the range of characters goes everywhere from lower-middle class up to the very height of fashion, and there are lots and lots of episodes to draw ideas from. ;-)
I made the collar from a mid-weight linen and traced off the neckline to get the right shape. I cut out the collar, roll-hemmed the edge, and finished off the neck edge with bias tape and sewed it just inside the neck edge. The triangle piece on the neckline was originally part of the sweater. The front detail is 2 pieces cut on the straight grain, roll-hemmed, and kept in place with a fabric "tab".
The fit of the sweater and the length of my skirt remind me a lot of styles from 1930-32. The downside is that it looks a bit 20s to some folks.... I had one older, very well meaning gentleman call me "flapper girl". *sigh* I guess that is what comes from finger waves...
A tabbed detail on the skirt adds interest and is a great place to use more buttons- one can never have too many buttons in an outfit. ;-)
These Clark shoes are my very favorites- so comfortable and practical! I swapped the traditional shoelaces for ribbons in a fit of "Pinterest emulation". Please overlook the fact that they're in dire need of polishing.... ;-)
This sweater was a great place to showcase this adorable vintage "Hershey's kiss" button we had!
· Picture credit to Kathryn! ·