Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wardrobe garments 4 & 5: Billowy top & twill skirt

For those of you who don't have the pleasure of living in Seattle, I'll let you know that it snowed here on Friday and Saturday. Just a few flakes for less than an hour each time though, nothing significant. I continued to plug away on my *sigh* summer wardrobe...

Billowy top











Fabric
Knit cotton gauze from Fabric.com. Nice and drapey.

Notes on construction/alterations
The fabric didn't seem to be as wide as I was hoping, I think because it's a knit gauze and it naturally shrinks up widthwise. So I wasn't able to use the recommended pattern layout. I bought 2 yards of fabric, but I still had to compromise a bit:

1. My gathered sleeve width is about 2 inches shorter than instructed.
2. I wanted to make the longer blouse (there is a short version and a long version) but I had to settle for something in between. I actually like this length.



Conclusion
I think this looks better with a belt than without. The knit fabric kind of weighs down and the top looks dumpy without it. The belt I'm wearing in these photos is close to what I want, but I'd like to find something just a bit more narrow. And softer.

I found the wood buttons in my stash but I'm considering switching them out for ivory buttons, something more subtle. It'll depend on the belt that I settle on really.



Twill pocket skirt



BWOF 3-2005-126




Fabric
Cotton stretch twill in "putty", Robert Kaufman brand purchased at my local fabric store.



Notes on construction/alterations
I was attacted ot this skirt because of the pocket and tab details. It's also supposed to have a kick pleat in the center front seam but I omitted that.

This was my first time using topstitching thread; once I got the tension figured out I really liked it.

The buttons are courtesy of Cidell who shared some of her Fabric Mart bulk buttons with me (thanks again Cidell!).



Conclusion
I have a similar skirt that I've worn to death over the past few summers. I think this will be it's replacement and maybe I'll add another version to my closet later on.

37 comments:

the_lazymilliner said...

I'm completely in love with your skirt. It looks like something you might buy in a store. The top-stitching is amazing. Great job.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Two really kewl new pieces for the collection! I can't wait to see this photographed all together!

Sewfast said...

Dear Christina,
The skirt and top are very cute together...I'm not lucky enough to see Seattle snow, but I live in the Portland area and it is snowing right now. I want it to STOP! It's springtime for heaven's sake! Mary :)

Dawn said...

I love that skirt. What a nice non-khaki neutral for your wardrobe. Your topstitching looks great. Did you use any of the special feet to make it look so nice? I have the edgestitching foot and it really keeps my lines straight. There is another foot though, with the guide in the middle so you can stitch close to the edge.

Erica B. said...

What to great pieces! I hope you enjoy them!

yaiAnn said...

Oh that outfit is fabulous! And I definitely agree, that shirt needs a belt. And I do like that belt you used!

Lori said...

Two great pieces for your wardrobe. I agree with you on the top, the belt does make a difference. Great job.

Cindy said...

Work it!!! with that fab belt!! work it girl! Looks great!

Adrienne said...

Very cute! I love that shirt with the belt!

christina said...

Dawn Yes, for some of the topstitching I did use a special foot, my SM dealer called it a "quarter inch foot" (perhaps it's the same as the edgestitching foot?), it's got a piece that rests against the edge of the fabric so the needle sews exactly 1/4" in. I was excited to finally use this accessory!

loopylulu said...

The top looks awesome with and w/o the belt. And your topstitching skills are incredible. I just bought one of those 1/4 inch foots but I haven't tried it yet. Good to know it produces nice results when used correctly.

Tany said...

Both garments look outstandingly well on you! You are sewing like a storm! This SWAP will be completed in no time!

toy said...

looks great, that skirt has a lot of details, very cute and it fits like a glove

Shannon said...

What a great new outfit! I hadn't noticed that blouse before, now I have to go look it up!

Alexandra said...

Looks great! I love the shirt with the belt! I wouldn't have noticed the pattern in the magazine but you really made it rock with the belt.

cidell said...

I would steal this *entire* outfit. How much do I love it with the belt??

Anonymous said...

Your things look so professional. It's inspiring and intimidating at the same time..
Well done!

Stephanie said...

Great outfit! I love that skirt.

melissa said...

These both look really great, and so real life wearable! And I didn't even look twice at that top in the magazine. I think you chose the perfect fabric for it.

And I hear you on this awful weather. It snowed here in London on Saturday, too. I'm now sewing the third garment I can't wear yet. My spring clothes are just piling up, craving to actually be worn! :(

sulu-design said...

Eek! That skirt is AD-OR-A-BLE! (Can you hear my emphasis on every syllable with that typing?) Again, I'm super impressed.

annaminiac said...

I love the skirt too. How did you sew the tabs? I'm trying to add epualets to a khaki shirt I'm making and I would love to know your techinque.

narcissaqtpie said...

I love the blouse!

Tini said...

the skirt is supercute! and gnarf for having snow (but from next sunday on the weather will be superfine.... I'll bring some sun with me to Seattle!)

Melissa said...

Two perfect additions to your summer wardrobe. Hopefully some warm weather will come soon - we had a little dusting of snow over the weekend down here too - ugg!

Cherie said...

Great outfit! I love all those details on the skirt. Looks as if you can wear each piece to death! I've gotta look up the 1/4 inch foot, that stitching looks terrific!

christina said...

annaminiac - The tabs are very easy. For each tab you cut 2 pieces of fabric in the shape you want (plus seam allowances), sew them with right sides together, leaving an opening at one end, then flip so the right sides are out. Now you can make the buttonhole.

Tini - Yes, please do bring some sunshine with you! :)

Rachel said...

I am impressed by your ability to sew BWOF. Do you ever get confused since there are no pics? That skirt is amazing.

Adriana said...

Great job! It is a very cool ensemble, with a definite modern feel about it!

Vicki said...

Cute outfit! I would not have thought that blouse would look so good. Looks pretty good on you. :)

Liz R. said...

Wow! i'm totally impressed! i love the top stitching detail on the skirt. great job!

Reethi said...

So adorable! I love your skirt, but I absolutely want to steal that shirt. And this means you are halfway done, right? Sweet!

flanthrower said...

Love both the top and the skirt but especially the skirt. Am intrigued by this business of top-stitching thread. You'll have to tell me more about this tomorrow!

LauraLo said...

Wow, I didn't look twice at that top in the magazine, but it looks so nice on you! And the skirt... great job, looks very professionally done and the most important is that it's beautiful on you!
Can't wait to see the final wardrobe.

Geri said...

Good luck! I like the blouse belted best. The skirt is really cute!It seams to me that the ivory buttons will work better with it. Your topstitching is soo neat!

Leslie said...

I want your whole outfit, belt included. I never would have looked at that blouse, but you found a real gem there the way you styled it. And the topstitching on your skirt?? *swoon*. Great job.

Paula said...

That outfit is super cute, I especially think the belted top looks great on you. I hope you occasionally take the time to really appreciate how great it is to be young and have clothes look fantastic on you, before you get old and it's no longer the case.

Beth said...

Shirt and skirt are both super cute!!!