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Simplicity pattern from 1930s. I wish I had a good pattern for tap pants, and the patience and skill to sew with slippery silk. What a challenge.

  • Mary Gwyneth

    I realize this note is a year after you posted this, but I was drawn to the vintage look. FYI, it is more manageable to sew with the lightweight silks, even charmeuse (satin) if you trace the pattern right and left sides onto tissue paper (wrapping kind). Trace the pattern pieces with the grain all following the same direction, then you can pin the whole piece of tissue on the wrong side of the silk in a single layer. Baste just outside the seam lines through tissue and silk on all the pieces, keeping the grain straight. I like to keep the whole piece of silk and tissue laid flat on a table and hand baste through both layers. Then cut it out along cutting lines, in the single layer of silk plus tissue. Assemble it with the tissue in place. Carefully rip off the tissue as you stitch each seam, then finish the seam. If you want to add lace insets, then leave the tissue on. Baste or straight stitch (either by hand or machine) along the edges of the lace. Remove the tissue after the seams are complete. Cut off the silk from the back side of the lace, leaving a margin that depends on your hem finish. Finish the silk hems either by fine zig zag stitch (would have cut very close to the straight stitch), or turn under the silk edges and hand stitch to the lace (leave about 3/16" hem so you can turn it under.) If you haven't hand hemmed silk before, it helps to wet it as you turn it under, then it stays as you hand stitch. Hope this gives you courage to try it out! Dharma Trading Company has great and inexpensive silks. Makes you feel like a million dollars.

  • Melanie Clarkson

    There's a pattern very similar available from Folkwear.

  • Elizabeth Netwal

    I must buy a sewing machine

  • Nancy Thompson

    I need a sewing machine AND sewing lessons. So beautiful.

Simplicity 2652 Dress Pattern 1930s