"Faith". by William Henry Margetson
Hello Dear Ladies,
I have been going through old patterns and sewing the garments once more. This is one of the 1980's patterns for woven fabrics, which is perfect for touring the garden. I enjoy my first cup of tea as I check out the vegetables and flowers around here. This is a perfect garden-walk dress. Although I know many of my viewers do not sew, I want to share it because of the way choice clothing creates a mood.
The hat was very easy, using iron-on (fusible) heavy-weight interfacing instead of the buckram (expensive) it called for. There are three size choices for the hat. You can determine the size with a measuring tape around the head, however, fabrics all behave differently. Generally I have found in hat making the bigger sizes work better. You can always sew a tuck here and there if it is too big.
Dollar stores have these plastic totes in all colors, useful for containing the garden pickings; in this case, little red apples.
The pattern for the hat is a 2016 Butterick:
Shoes, $5.00 from Walmart are great for photos.
And the old truck is a nice "prop". Other people have used it for country western-style wedding photos.
The nearest thing to the house dress worn in the 1940's and 50's can be found in some of the dress patterns made for wovens and cotton fabrics. There is a renewed interest in the retro designs, but very few of these styles were like the every day house dress. The dress worn at home was generally more ample at the waist and was made of bright prints and plaids. These were worn at home, and ladies liked to change into something else before going out.