So another couple of finished objects.
The skirt is navy cotton, and collects fluff like no ones business ! Its Gerties pencil skirt from her book, except I made a much thinner waistband. It is underlined in green cotton voile and lined (my first attempt at lining) with navy bemberg. I used a button instead of a snap this time and hand sewed the button hole. My Singer is useless at buttonholes !! I also used my favorite zipper insertion method, and picked it in by hand.
I love this skirt pattern ! Of course its been adjusted, but its almost perfect now. I find that 2 darts give a much more flattering look than the 1 dart look on the Frankenstein skirts.
The banksia top is made with star print cotton. I love this top and am going to make several more. I had to grade the pattern (of course ! never easy !!) Since making and wearing the shirt, I have added a smidge of a full bust adjustment and added a little more room in the shoulder area. I'm looking forward to seeing these changes in the next version I sew up (in white silk crepe in case you are interested).
I didn't have enough fabric to make this one with front and back pieces cut on the fold, so I added a seam allowance to the back piece, and cut 2.
I did make muslins for both of these items.I had to move the darts quite a bit on the banksia. But I find that I do continue to tweak the pattern until it is just so. Isn't that the cool thing about sewing ? That you can make changes each time to make the fit perfect.
So without further ado....
Some close ups....
I must admit that I wear the shirt more than I wear the skirt - but that's due to the magnetic attraction this skirt seems to have for any dust or sh1t floating around. And the fabric wrinkles like a bitch. Very irritating !! :-)
But check out the little foxes. Awesome. grrrrrrr