Something I’ve always wanted, and have never sewn up is a Pake Muu.
I mean, it’s only been in my sewing queue for three years! Pake Muus were popularised by Alfred Shaheen during the 40s and 50s, when he blended chinese and polynesian styles.
I finally bit the bullet this week and modded a Simplicity pattern to make my very own! (sorry for the creases, I had been out and about!)
The pattern was Simplicity 8244, a 1950s repro that had some of the details I wanted – namely a slim fit, and mandarin collar.
To begin with, I removed a lot of the sleeve to make it a standard set in sleeve. Then I placed the side of the front piece that didn’t have buttons on a fold and voila – Pake Muu front! I only made some slight pattern tweaks for fit after that.
The sleeve patterns were mocked up from something else, and lined with contrast rayon just like a traditional Pake Muu. I even lined the leg split with contrast fabric, and finished off with frogs.
The fabric is the most stunning pink rayon covered in white and teal philodendrons, I found it in a hawaiian fabric shop earlier this year. I think it could be a Sunsurf or Tori Birch end roll.
So how was it? One of the easiest things I’ve ever made, and took 3 metres of 150cm wide fabric. I cannot wait to make more!
- Changed shoulders to set in sleeve
- Moved zip to side
- Lowered bust darts
- Removed one front dart totally and moved excess to side seam and other dart
- Made a slash neck and facing
- Pake Muu – me!
- 1950s Bamboo Handbag – Southern Antiques Centre
- Tiki Shoes – Lucky Lou Souvenir
- Hairflower – Shazam Vintage Hairflowers
ClaireOctober 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm
This looks great on you!
subversivefemmeOctober 25, 2017 at 8:49 am
CariOctober 26, 2017 at 8:26 am
I brought that same fabric home from my Hawaiian vacation! Mine is still in my stash till I figure out what it wants to be. Love what you made!
subversivefemmeOctober 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm
Oh wow! I bought what was left on the roll – about 15 metres~! What a coincidence
MerrianOctober 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Lovely outfit and the fabric is wonderful. Always like how you style things
JeanineOctober 28, 2017 at 5:02 am
Zowie! That’s FABULOUS and you look terrific in it. I have that vintage pattern you showed, and want to make it up in some dark blue with red flowers fabric I found at an estate sale. Do you mind me asking where you got your white rayon?
subversivefemmeNovember 1, 2017 at 8:59 am
Dark blue and red sounds delish. I got my rayon from Spotlight – they have it in a few colours (including red) it’s got a really nice hand.
matkailijakirppuNovember 1, 2017 at 6:02 am
Looks fantastic! Great sleeves! 🙂
GwenNovember 5, 2017 at 3:22 am
SQUEAL!!!!!! I am in love with your make! Your idea of modifying the original pattern is so amazing. I am excited because I have that same pattern and I have been wanting to make my own page muu too. Can’t wait to try out some of your ideas. x
ShayNovember 17, 2017 at 9:04 am
Very pretty and very flattering.
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