Let me show you my new wardrobe, in order of execution. First up is the dress, in another of the fabrics I got on sale at Girl Charlee. This fabric is called "Raining Dots." It's a cotton-modal blend, and is so silky soft.
With this dress, I think I can say I've perfected my technique - it came off without a hitch! Here's a closer look at the fabric:
Next I used Cindy's new, free top pattern. I've been wanting to try this out since she first posted it. I love her blog and I'm always so impressed by the way she just makes stuff - no pattern, just ingenuity! Of course, this is another sale fabric from my Girl Charlee haul - did anyone else stock up in the Labor Day sale like I did? This fabric is called "Limoncello Floral Burnout" and is sadly no longer in stock. It's quite thin, but doesn't have a whole lot of stretch.
The design is in pale yellow and cream, on a white burnout background:
I'm kind of a sucker for burnout!
Lastly, I knocked out the Foldover Waist Skirt pattern from the Craftsy class on sewing with knits. This is a truly quick and cheap project - it only uses a yard of fabric (for the knee length skirt) and has three pieces: front and back, which are the same, and one waistband piece. Three seams and you're done! It looked tiny, but fit perfectly. The pattern is a-line, so I used the waist measurement to determine my size. I made this from some very thin, drapey unidentified jersey I got at Vogue. Because I didn't want to interfere with the amazing drape and swish at the bottom edge, I didn't hem it. Sadly, I got a little over-zealous in my seam pressing, and stretched it out so much that it hangs on my hips! But that didn't stop me from wearing it out for coffee with Alicia yesterday, which is why it looks wrinkled now!
|waistband folded down|
|waistband unfolded - this is how I wore it|
Yesterday I didn't sew a thing, but this morning I got back to it and made Dolman-Sleeved Top #2, in Girl Charlee's Graffiti Stripe Jersey in Tangerine. I will admit that I spent a fair amount of time arranging my fabric so that the stripes would match, but even so, I was able to make this top in about an hour and fifteen minutes total! That includes arranging the fabric, cutting out, sewing and ironing! Upon completion, we headed over to Chinatown to get me the frozen yogurt I've been craving for two weeks. Here I am in front of Joy Yee Plus, in my new tee shirt, frozen yogurt in hand:
I've got another piece of this fabric in navy and white stripe, which I'm hoping to make up this afternoon. I'm also a sucker for dolman sleeves, so I really love this pattern!