Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mini Winter Wardrobe


Funny how projects find their beginnings... this set started out back in the fall when I happened to catch "Good Morning America" the day after "Dancing With the Stars" ended, and I really loved the look of this monochromatic sweater skirt set that Whitney was wearing.
I knew the crop top was out of the question, but I loved the overall look. So, when I was at Haberman Fabrics, I looked for a sweater knit and coordinated faux leather. I found a lovely combo in a deep purple/burgundy, along with a coordinating plaid wool. While I didn't know what I would do with the wool, I knew it had to come home with me!  Looking through Pinterest for ideas, I stumbled across this image and thought, "Damn. Gotta have it."

Skirt: Vogue 8750

Talk about easy, this skirt went together very quickly. Well drafted, the style lines are fantastic and perfect for leather. I used a teflon foot and leather needle for construction, and my only complaint is that I'll need to go back and line it, as the faux leather is quite "noisy" when I walk?! Sorry about the shadows in the pics that are hiding the seamlines, It's tough with the contrast of the snow!

Sweater: Burda 6990
This sweater knit had a really neat woven pattern to it, but it also had WAY more stretch than necessary! At the time I was sewing this, Kyle was using the same knit (but in ivory) for a Renfrew sweater (which made the project like a mini sew along). Anyhow, the Burda pattern has this HUGE cowl, which can be worn down around the shoulders, or loose around the neck. Super comfy sweater, I'll definitely make it up again, but do view A next time (no cowl).


Back to the Bomber jacket...
McCalls 7100


I liked the style of the pockets on view A best, so I proceeded, cutting a size Medium (which fits pretty perfectly), but added 2" to the length at the hem. Even though the pattern doesn't call for a lining, I dug around in the stash and pulled out some black poly lining to protect the wool (and my skin).

I cut the pockets out of the lining fabric and skipped the front facing, since I added the lining anyway. I needed a 22" separating zipper (since I added some length), and the rib knit is bamboo, also from Haberman's.

I'll be honest, the pattern illustrations are a little wacky, it took me a few minutes of studying to figure out the pockets and if you don't line it, the facing and bottom ribbing installation looks a little strange.  But, now that I've been through it once, I'll definitely be using this pattern again, it's really pretty perfect! The wool is substantial, thick enough to be really cozy and I wasn't even cold taking these pictures. I'm really glad that I added the 2" to the hem, I think it will rest in a better spot in the back, especially when I sit.

Sorry for the super long post, but there was lots to share! Pretty proud of myself for turning all that fabric over in less than 6 months! I really feel compelled to keep moving on the rotation of fabrics and patterns, as it doesn't do me any good sitting on the shelf! I'd rather have it hanging in my closet!!!


16 comments:

Bunny said...

Cute outfit and the plaid jacket is darling! Looks great!

Texan said...

All of them are great! But love that plaid jacket

Linda said...

I like all of the garments you made. That Vogue skirt pattern is one of my favorites; I have made 3 skirts from this pattern and one was faux leather. I just got the bomber style jacket and glad to see your version.

Lori said...

All of those garments are fabulous! Love the color combination, great job!

L said...

This is a great mini wardrobe. I especially like the large cowl top (gotta make that) and the bomber jacket. What is the weight of your knit for the top?

Sarah said...

I love your jacket so much I went straight to the Mccalls web site and bought the pattern.

Kristine Balinski said...

The sweater knit was an acrylic, I'd say mid-weight. Chunky texture, but a ton of stretch. Hope that helps!

Kyle said...

Your outfit looks GREAT! I especially love the bomber jacket!!

Sue Parrott said...

Your outfit is so very cute! Your pieces are great!

Ann (SewBabyNews) said...

This is a fantastic outfit! Each piece is great on its own, and fits you wonderfully. Great job!

Meigan said...

Wonderful mini-wardrobe! I love the wool bomber jacket!!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Love your mini wardrobe. Great tips on constructing the jacket.

Anonymous said...

Wow those are great and look very. very warm!! I live in the area and need a zipper repaired since about December! It is still very very cold here. Any takers out there??
DH

Kathy {Kathy Sews} said...

Love this! Great idea to line the jacket, it looks fantastic. I LOOVE that Burda pattern, it's my TNT... never made the view you have here, I really like the look of the large cowl-y turtleneck.

Adrienne said...

I love your outfits. I have been to the UP on vacation. I have a Montana fifth wheel camper. I am making a Chanel jacket and your post was very helpful.Glad I found your blog.

Frenie Agbayani said...

I simply love the sewing patterns, the dress looks super cozy!