Simplicity 5026, JUNIORS’ AND MISSES’ PANTS IN TWO LENGTHS AND SHIRT, undated, published by Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
This is from the 1960’s, judging from the hair.
Check out View 2. Her posture says, “Observe: I have matched my jamaicas to my socks *and* my shoes. Did you observe? Look. Right here. Look right here. See that mess? Aw yeah.”
In other news: Jamaicas! I’ve only ever heard this kind of short refered to as Bermudas. A casual Internet search tells me that the two style names are synonymous. Wonder what the real story is there.
I didn’t make the jamaicas. Although I’m tempted to. Although I’m pretty sure they would look terrible in real life. The back zip, natural waist look is not an easy one. I would have to really invest in some knee socks and loafers.
I made the shirt with the band collar, like in View 2.
Leftover cotton gauze and printed cotton yukata fabric from two previous projects.
The gauze is so sheer and openly woven. It might be a disaster. How many wearings will I get out of this before it snags on something and totally shreds? Place your bets now. In the meantime, I’ll be washing it in a lingerie bag and hanging it to dry.
Plus side of the gauze is that it’ll keep the sun out and let the breeze in, with the printed cotton hopefully providing some stability, kind of like a yoke. I totally pieced that printed fabric in, btdubs, that seaming at the back is not part of the original design.
The only other changes I made: an extra inch and a half in the sleeve length, three buttons at the front instead of the five the pattern calls for, and a shirt-tail hem instead of the straight hem.
Ten and a half hours. That number is meaningless when it’s just me sewing for myself for fun, but if I had to pay myself for my time, hot dang this would be an expensive shirt.
Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. I like the fit: nice and loose. The narrow cuffs echo the narrow collar in a pleasing way. It’s good.