I am very pleased to report that, after sharing my sewing plans for my Art Deco Weekend wardrobe, I also managed to finish it all! Not exactly in the form I’d originally planned, but in just as awesome, and just as elaborate a form.
I’ll be doing a full weekend wrap-up post later this week, and sharing about the my sewing bits in individual posts. To start the series off, here are my beach pyjama pants that never end:
And, by never end, I mean that everything about them, from the hem width, to the crotch length, just goes on and on my friend:
(and, I’m sorry, I know, that’s stuck in your head now, and it’s very evil of me. However, I’ve had the stupid Charleston song that they always play at Art Deco Weekend stuck in my head for 5 hours now, and I’m at the point where the song that never ends is a preferable alternative!)
The pants are made from an altered version of the Wearing History Chic Ahoy trousers. The Chic Ahoy trousers (being period accurate) have a front flap that buttons over a hooked or laced front opening. Because ADW is a bit frantic, I though that might be a bit of a hassle to climb in and out of for the loo, so I changed it to pockets and a side zip. I wanted the trousers to look more like earlier ’30s pants, so I lengthened them and changed a few other small fit details to rewind the look from the patterns ca. 1937 to my desired ca. 1930. And I subbed out the facings for a petersham waistband, because petersham waistbands are awesome. In retrospect, I wish I’d done a more period side-buttoning opening, but other than that I’m extremely pleased with the trousers.
To model them, Kirsten of Fifty-Two Fancies, who also made a set of beach pyjamas, and I had a beach pyjama party (on the beach, of course!)
We got photography help from the wonderful Daniil, who you may recognise as my favourite male model (and, who, it turns out, is a car and plane wiz, so while I walked around saying, “Oooh, plane!” and “Oooh, green car” he walked around saying “DC10” and “1932 Dodge, you can tell because of the grill shape”, so I learned a lot about something I knew practically nothing about, which is awesome)
Here I am learning about DC10s:
The trousers were extremely comfortable to wear, super fun to dance in (all the swish of a skirt, all the convenience of trousers!), and I got tons of compliments on them, which is always a good sign. Best of all, I could do things in them, like climb trees:
Not everyone was so pleased with my trousers. I think some of the ladies were a bit scandalised by the uninhibited freedom that the bifurcated look afforded me:
The Challenge: #2 Blue
Fabric: 2.7m of vintage linen (found at Fabric-a-Brac Palmerston North, from a pair of fabulous sisters who were selling off their designer mother’s stash of fabric from the 60s-80s)
Year: ca. 1932
Notions: petersham ribbon, bias hem tape, cotton thread, and a concealed zip (shhhhh!)
How historically accurate is it?: If I’d only gone for a side button entry, instead of an invisible zip. I am REALLY regretting that now! Other than that, it’s a very good match for the looks you see in early ’30s pyjama pants – cut, pockets, etc are spot on. Oh, I guess the petersham ribbon is cheating too. 70%
Hours to complete: 5, more or less.
First worn: Saturday 21 Feb, at Napier’s Art Deco Weekend
Total cost: $7 ($5 for the fabric! What a score!)