Betty Boop gets covered!

Ever since I made the Betty Boop bathing suit I have been wanting to make a cover up, but it had to be the right cover up, preferably with a ’50s vibe. To my joy I found a pattern in Melbourne (I think I squeaked when I saw it!) that is from 1957 and is just the thing. It is a Vogue pattern – V9183 and is in  perfect condition.

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I think my mother had this pattern! We have a photo of my elder sister in the playsuit (not looking quite as glam!), and what about that hat?! Moan… I want that hat!

Anyway, I had plenty of the red polka dot fabric left, so knew I could make the coat. It is supposed to be lined with terry towelling, but I thought this might make it too heavy, (and the fabric is pretty heavy already) so used two pieces of white t-shirt remnants from my stash. I have to say that this was not a fun garment to make. It slid about, there was a lot of fabric to manage, and the lining moved about separately, but it worked out ok in the end.

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and yes, it has pockets!

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Please note the perfect sized buttons sitting on the polka dots. I was pretty happy with myself. I had to slightly adjust the position of the buttons – they are supposed to start right at the neckline, whereas I closed the neck with a clear plastic press stud. This works well and doesn’t show when the coat is left open. The buttons are shell and I bought them at Knitwit.

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I made sure I copied all the pattern elements so that I can reuse it without worrying about degrading the original pattern.

One exciting thing that has come from my Betty Boop bathing suit is the fact I (and the Betty Boop) have been included in a blog Sew Mama Sew” – Sewing Trends with Rachael. You cannot believe how chuffed I am. There are some seriously lovely renditions of this pattern on the Flickr group, but I suspect that Rachael wanted someone of the original vintage! She denied this of course…:)

I wasn’t the only one being creative this weekend; Mark, as usual, spent his weekend cooking and he made these chocolate puddings. He presented me with one at lunch with the exhortation to only eat half! Half?! Was he kidding?!

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This is a Nigella Lawson recipe and I can and must recommend it – it is divine. I did manage to confine myself to half, although I probably snuck a teeeeny bit of his half!

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