This is a wardrobe pattern from the Sew Stylish magazine collection, and includes this top, a jacket, pants, a skirt, and a dress.
I chose it for it's simplicity (no pun intended), without being boring. I didn't notice that the front is actually 3 pieces (there's a seam line extending on either side of the front gathers), and added the little cap sleeve (which is really just a cap, not a sleeve).
The fabric is a "baby silk" from Joann's that I saw a couple weeks ago on sale for 50% off and new I needed a top to match the "Pixelated Pretty" skirt. It's super soft, has a nice drape and weight, and is machine washable. This is the second time I've worked with this fabric, and it won't be the last.
The only alteration I made was to the center back. The pattern calls for a side zip, but that never works well for me in tops that I want to tuck in (bumpy-lumpy). So I omitted the zipper, added 5/8" to the center back of the back neck facing, and added a small button closure. It's a little bit of a squirm to get in, but has a really nice slender fit. DH uttered a "Wow!" when I modeled it for him. That's always a good sign!
I will definitely make more of this top, it was very easy, has a wonderful fit, and is a true wardrobe staple.
This skirt pattern from the Threads collection, contains a number of pleated pretties, knee-length or longer, narrow pleats or wide. I've had this one for a few years, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I'd already cut the pattern at some point in time. Must've changed mind...
As I was finishing the blouse, I started thinking about what else I had to wear it with. I flashed back to last spring when I bought this beautiful cotton print for a pleated skirt (that never got made). I dug through the stash and found the fabric, but couldn't find the skirt pattern I had in mind. So, this was my next choice, and I'm so glad I never found the first one! I love this skirt pattern!!! 1 piece. Yes, just 1 pattern piece! I whipped this baby up yesterday morning, it was that fast and easy.
The only change I made was that the pattern instruction have you stitch the pleast lines from top to hem, then press and release the stitches below the pleats. I wanted soft pleats, so I didn't extend the stitching, did only the pleats, and it went much, much faster! It also helped that I used my tracing wheel and carbon paper to transfer the pleat lines onto the wrong side of the fabric. I used 1" grosgrain ribbon to stabilize the waistband (no facings) and a zipper from the ebay zipper stash.
The fabric came from Haberman's in Royal Oak, and last time I was there (Feb.) the bolt was still on the wall... It is 100% cotton, and has the feel of a bedsheet. I will have to wear a slip under it, but I don't mind. I was too lazy to line it, and didn't want to add any bulk.
I had a crazy thought to make one more top to match both skirts and enter the Mini-Wardrobe Contest at PR, but I don't think I will. I hate doing storyboards, and this wasn't a plan, it just came together. I got this Hot Patterns shirt for Christmas, and saw Angie doing a HP sew along. I'd like a short sleeve (or sleeveless) white shirt, so I'll probably trace this off this week, and use the white Ralph Lauren shirting I got from Ressy's co-op.
I love Spring Break... (no work, lots of time to sew). It was a great week off, but tomorrow I have to report back to the trenches for the last 10 weeks of school. During that time I've got a prom dress to make, an AP Statistics test to prepare my students for, and a weightloss plan to stick to. Yikes!!!
Oh, 1 more thing... if you are married with kids, you've got to go see "Date Night" at the movies. I laughed so hard, I was crying. The opening scene? The one in the morning with the kids in the bedroom? That's my house. That's my life. I don't know how they knew, but they did. Too funny!
See you in a few days on "Weightloss Wednesday"! Keep up the good work!!!