The back waist is shirred, so I only needed to open up the bust. I changed the angle at which the surplice front wraps in order to do so. I think the skirt is still too long. My friend thinks I should leave it, but is probably just trying to get out of pinning my hems. Thoughts?
I definitely need a swayback adjustment, and possibly a smaller bodice size. I'll see how it fits once it comes out of the dryer. I attached the neckline binding, but just turned the sleeve hems over and stitched them down.
If you're making this out of a twin flat sheet, save your sanity and buy the fitted sheet or pillowcases as well. This might be the one instance where it's less fiddly than fussy cutting the top sheet.
During WWII, there was extensive rationing of consumer goods throughout the world. Ali and Susannah wrote wonderful, insightful posts on the subject of clothing rationing, but all I have to say is that the prices are incomprehensible. In modern U.S. dollars, prices considered low for thrifted clothing were:
Common garments, price ($) threshold for second-hand Winter coat 45 Jacket, blazer, short coat 20 Dress, wool 41 Dress, non-wool 26 Cardigan 20 Blouses, tees 15 Skirt 15 Slacks 19 Shorts 11 Pair of boots, shoes 15
I live in an extremely expensive neighborhood in an extremely expensive city, and would expect to pay no more than half as much as listed. I still consider this to be expensive and shop the half-off sales (whatever been there longest that week, and half off everything on every federal holiday). Because I'm a sack of nuts, I'm going to do the Fashion on the Ration challenge with 36 coupons, reflecting the height of rationing. Because Scandanavian girls wear their shoes until they fall off (you try finding cute shoes in 10W!), I can't usually thrift any in my size. That's probably 20 coupons a year, leaving me with 16 to replace my stockings collection. At 3 each, that's 5 pairs, which is doable with a lot of darning.