As the weather turns warm (let’s not count that cold spell from last week, where the mountains got snow) thoughts turn to easy breezy attire.
Another rendition of Style Arc’s Lotti in the last of what I’ve taken to calling the “stoplight” fabric.
There was enough fabric to adjust placement so another wardrobe faux pas didn’t occur, but beyond that not a scrap was left. The fabric stash unearthed a complimentary ponte to use as the second third.
Second third? Hey, look at the pattern: 2 distinct fabrics, separated by thirds. Second third. Shhh! Don’t tell Strunk & White. That’ll be our little secret.
Sewn on the serger. Hemmed on the cover stitch. Worn by Moi!
Started at sewing camp. Completed at home.
Vogue 1412 in a lovely border-print silk crepe. Even better, the fabric was from last year’s ASG garage sale! Woohoo! Like Goldilocks, there was just enough for this blouse.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a formal woven blouse. Not that this blouse is for formal occasions, far from it, but that it involved more formal sewing skills. A cuff. A cuff placket. Shawl collar. Gathers.
And of course being silk, the need to finish all the interior edges appropriately. As nice on the inside as is is on the outside.
Expecting to wear the top over leggings, I lengthened it about 2 inches. I also cut it on the cross grain, to make full use of the lovely floral border.
Floaty Flowery Fabulosity!
This is the Style Arc Kim. It’s made from a rather nice digital ponte knit I stumbled on at the local bolt-end fabric store.
Usually their wares are more utilitarian, but not this time.
After taking measurements, I decided to dive in and make a 12 straight from the envelope – no changes or alterations.
Everything went swimmingly, until I tried it on. Those bright yellow flowers? Well… They ended up being very strategically placed. As in Stoplight Boobs. While I am not the most well endowed person, it’s still not a part of my anatomy I felt like calling attention to.
Thankfully, there was enough fabric left to re-cut the front, this time paying more attention to pattern placement. Ahem. I also did a slight FBA, about a 1/2 inch. Yes, a cut & slash FBA alteration on a pattern piece that is cut single. The result works, but looks a bit Frankenpattern, with all the bits taped together.
The plan is to wear this with black leggings, now that the weather is warming up.
from Meh to Wearable
I tried wearing the New Look top/dress I made a while back several times. We were not feeling the love for each other. I decided that experiment outside my comfort zone (I am NOT a pink person) wasn’t working, but didn’t want to scrap all the effort that went into it either.
What to do? What to do?
I remember that Style Arc Lotti was a pieced top, and maybe I could morph the unloved dress into something new. This is the result.
There was enough patterned fabric in the dress to re-cut the top, blended with a bit of black knit from stash. I’m rather pleased with myself that I was able to use the hem I had already made on the New Look as well.
Finally, something I will wear!
The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!
This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return. It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.
Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own. I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.
I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom. The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit. No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment. This gives a nice swish to everything.
This top is an exercise in perseverance.
It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.
But that’s not how it started life. Oh no! It was supposed to be something quite different! That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.
I mean, a tunic. A long top. How hard could it be? Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected. I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do. Nope!
This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.
I put it aside. Waited. Waited. Waited. There was no way to add more width at the bottom. The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that. In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.
I’m glad I kept at it. It’s a nice t-shirt. I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.
Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.
I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout. This has proved to be a very nice modification.
I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together. This gives a clean finish on the inside. I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go. Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return. Maybe they’re like mojo?
The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s. I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon. That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.