Amelia Earhart Inspired Sewing

As part of Woman's History month, I will be sharing with you how to create the different outfits showcased in the previous post. Today, I am going to show you how you can re-create the Amelia Earhart look for your daughter using patterns from the UpCraft Club shop. It's a really great way to educate our children, I showed my daughter some photos of Amelia beforehand and told her how she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by plane. When I then showed her the outfit I made, she was really excited and so proud to be able to dress like her.

To create this look I use 3 patterns: the Mulberry Tunic, the School Boy Vest and the Morocco Pants. As much as this look is very androgynous, I still wanted to keep some of the elements a little feminine. 
For the Mulberry Tunic, I used some plaid fabric I had in my stash. I had noticed Amelia wore a lot of plaid shirts and felt it was appropriate for this look. The fabric has a bit of a crinkle effect and some pretty gold metallic thread throughout. I also used a grey cotton for the outer hood and some up cycled suede to create the goggles. 
I made some minor modifications to the hood. For one, I doubled it as I wanted something a little thicker to be able to carry the weight of the suede goggles. To do so, I simply drew a line 1cm ( 3/8") past the centre line notches provided. Then I cut 4 pieces instead of two. I sewed the right and left hood pieces together and then with right sides facing, I sewed the top and under hood together along the the opening. Finally, I sewed the the under hood to the neckline, folded in the seam allowance on the upper hood at the neckline, pinned everything in place and topstitched right at the edge of the neckline. 
I used the shoulder tab pattern pieces to create the hood tab. I simply sewed the tabs right on the hood. I felt like this added a fun element and made the hood look more like an aviator cap. 
As for the goggles, I drew the shape I wanted on the hoods pattern piece. Then cut 2 piece out of suede, I could have used any non fray fabric like felt or some pleather/ leather. I then sewed at 1cm (3/8") with right sides together the goggles pieces at the centre front seam.  I ironed the seams open. I laid the goggles onto the hood and pinned it in place, with the back overlapping by 1cm ( 3/8"). I topstiched all around as close to the edge as I could and around the eye opening as well. 
Next for the the Schoolboy Vest, I used a plaid suiting fabric I found at my thrift shop years ago. The tones fit perfectly with the Mulberry's fabric. I also used to faux fur from Wal-mart. 
I made very few alterations to the pattern, all I did was add a fur collar to resemble the aviator jackets Amelia used to wear. 
To create the collar pattern, I simply overlapped and tapped the shoulder seam by 1cm (3/8"). Then I traced the collar shape I wanted, keeping in mind the 1cm ( 3/8") seam allowance. I traced a new pattern piece from my drawing. Then I cut two pieces with the centre back on fold, one in the fur and one in the plaid fabric. I didn't feel the need to interface my collar, as the fur was already stiff. You might want to interface yours depending on your fabric.

 I didn't follow the sewing instruction of the pattern, as I had to sew the shoulder seams first. Once I sewed my shoulder seams, I proceeded to sew my side seams. I then placed the collar between the top and under vest and sewed the centre front stopping just before the hem. I understitched along the the front opening to keep the collar in place. I then sewed the arm holes and clipped at the curve. I finished by sewing the hem leaving an opening so I could turn the vest inside out. I turned the vest inside out and ironed all my seams. I didn't feel the need to add any buttons or closures, as I felt it would be worn open. 
Finally I sewed the and the Morocco Pants. I needed a basic slim trouser to complete the look which I styled with some high boots. 

I brought no modifications to the pant pattern. I omitted the front pocket facings and didn't sew any back pockets which made sewing them that much quicker. 
The idea was to sew some wearable clothing inspired by influential woman without making it look like a costume all the while teaching your children about history and for them to feel proud wearing their new outfits. Be sure to come back soon for a look at Frida Kahlo's outfit. 
March 25, 2016 by UpCraft Club
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