VoNBSS is not kidding, ladies: they've packed this slim skirt FULL of sewing pointers! (And they're punny too!)
I'm still making the "slim, supple skirt" and I'm being really dutiful this time about following all of the VoNBSS (Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing) instructions. This not only means tailor's tacks and a basted fitting, but things like seam binding on the hem and vent, hand overcasting, a hand-worked buttonhole, and much more.
I did make one alteration on the pattern, and that was to shorten it. It's tea length, and I just cannot abide tea length. I had to take a good six inches off. It's a cute style though, with pleats in the front and darts in the back. The pattern is only two pieces-the skirt and the belt! There's only one seam in the skirt (up the back), hence my new found willingness to hand overcast the seam allowances.
The tailor's tacks were intense. I had to use five different colors of thread for the different markings. To amuse myself, I used thread in ice cream colors. You can see chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry here. (Pistachio is down on the hem. There's a tangerine sorbet somewhere too.)
I have to run to the Garment District today for some supplies: seam binding, silk thread, buttonhole twist, and a zipper. Speaking of which, have any of you actually seen buttonhole twist in a store? Or is this an item that would have been more easily found in 1952?
Update: Thanks to the commenter who left the link to buttonhole twist! That looks like a good option, though VoNBSS refers to buttonhole twist as a heavy silk thread. I managed to find some heavy weight silk Gutermann thread today, but I'm actually intrigued by this option as well. I'm planning on ordering some for the next project!