Melody got her first hand-made outfit! Melody got a lined jacket and a dress from Butterick 6265. It is a reprint from 1957. I did a quick internet check to see if the style was still around in 1964 girls sewing patterns. I was able to find some examples so I went ahead with my plan.
I have half a yard of this lime green daisy print quilting cotton that would work well for the skirt. The pattern shows the jacket and the skirt matching, however, my print was just too big for the jacket to look as nice. So for the jacket, I decided on a coordinating solid (probably a little more of a contemporary look since it isn’t matching).
Lets start first with the lined dress. I think the main reason the bodice is lined is for a clean finish at the neck line. The instructions have you sew the neckline and end of sleeves of the lining and outer fabric together. Side seams I finished off with my serger. Skirt and petticoat are sewn on after the side seams are finished.
I did cheat on the netting petticoat. I bought one of the 6 inch wide rolls of tulle and just used that. I didn’t follow the pattern piece but just took a length off the roll and baste stitched it. Then I matched it up to the skirt piece; gathering as needed. The skirt was basted and gathered to fit the bodice. To be honest, with the amount of gathers in the skirt, one probably doesn’t need the netting petticoat that is included in the pattern if you use a quilting cotton.
On to the jacket, the lined jacket was actually easier than I anticipated and I had it completed before dinner the day I cut it out. It is just 2 pattern pieces the jacket front and jacket back. In the end, I decided to construct all the outer blue fabric together as one time. Then after a break, I cut out the lining and put it together. The lining and outer fashion fabric are sewn together on the outside edge, then slipped through the opening you leave at the bottom. That opening is hand sewn closed. So after a good press, it was on to attaching the sleeve lining to the outer fabric. It was not able to be machine sewn so it was hand sewn also. Lastly, I decided to just sew in a snap so the jacket can close but still have the simple front.
To be honest, I think this jacket would look so cute with jeans and a t-shirt also.