When I think pin up, my mind automatically goes to sailor pin up. So I concocted an idea to fashion myself a pair of high waisted (short inseamed!) red shorts & a sailor top. This idea had to take a backseat to my athletic banquet dress so I was unsure if it was even going to come into existence.
I started with the shorts and these took me a shocking amount of time due to my sore shoulder. I basically had a grand total of 3 hours to trace my top pattern, make the alterations and sew it up.
The pattern I used was my (and several hundreds I am sure) tried and true knit pattern
Jalie 2921 - Scarf-Collar Top
I've lost a good 25 lbs since the last time I made this pattern so I had to retrace a new size. My shoulder was not happy. Also, because I wanted it to be more pin-up and less modern I modified the collar to be a continuous collar *and also made it half the pattern width*, added a little band to the center front of the collar and then tied a little, shaped tube of fabric on that band.
Also, I cut the short sleeve significantly smaller. I didn't have time to hem the sleeves and I didn't hem the bottom on purpose. I wanted a smooth line when I tucked in my shirt and not hemming made this possible.
After a good wash (hello sweat) I'll hem the sleeves.
Quite possibly the horizontal stripes make my already broad shoulders & upper back look even broader. I don't really care. I'm strong and a good hitter and shover and it's my upper body strength that makes me so.
Here is a photo of the little scarf band, an open ended tube, from the outside:
And the inside so you can see how I attached it.
Here is the shape of the sailor tie (fresh out of the wash and un-ironed):
I really like this version of the Jalie scarf top. Today, I'll hem the sleeves. The fabric I used is a modal/spandex knit purchased from Highendfabrics on Ebay. It is pretty light weight but has a soft hand and snappy recovery. There was minimal rolling which is quite amazing considering how thin it was.
Next time, my red linen/rayon/lycra blend sailor shorts (which were too short!).