Simplicity 3689 in Liberty cotton


Made in 2009

I bought this fabric, which is William Morris' "Anemone" on Goldhawk Road, London, in 2005 just because it was so pretty. But I really couldn't think of what to make from it. Liberty cottonsn often are like that: pretty, but not really suited for clothing. Then in 2009 I realised that it would probably work with my 1940s Simplicity 3689 pattern that I had got a year ago or so from Ashariel on Livejournal.

I hadn't done much sewing from commercial patterns, since I've a) mostly done historical sewing and b) usually make my own patterns so I was a bit wary about trying it. There were some issues, above all I had to take in the shoulder width a lot and the sleeve pattern was missing, so I had to draft one from the pattern overview. But in all it wasn't as difficult as I had thought and I'm pretty happy with the result. I have used that pattern after that and the sleeve is my favourite sleeve pattern.


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