It wouldn't be a real vacation if it didn't involve some last minute sewing, right? Here's what I finished on Saturday:
Asymmetric drapey top
The original top is a very simple design, and it's made in a really nice matte stretch silk. The neckline has a facing and the seams are finished as French seams (for $290, I'd expect no less). I wanted a similar neutral grey color, but I was unable to find a similar stretch silk locally, so I dug into my stash and pulled out (once again!) the Vera Wang Lavender Label "luxe" jersey that I got from Fabric.com. The great thing is that it meant I could leave the hems raw! I like it, but it's just not the same as the silk. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for stretch silk, but considering this top took less than an hour to make after I had the pattern drafted, not bad...
The fabric is a cotton woven with both blue and black threads. I think this will also look good with tights for fall/winter. It's lined with Ambience:
And this one I finished a couple of weeks ago but just now got around to taking a picture:
"Scratches" silk top
The pattern is BurdaStyle 8516 - Elinor (I made this one up for the first time earlier this summer). Only change from my last top is that I didn't pleat the sleeve hems, and this one has a shorter sleeve and bodice hem. This is another Vera Wang Lavender Label piece from Fabric.com, a silk twill that they named "scratches" on the website, so that's what I think whenever I see the top. (BTW - I had no idea that I'd get so much immediate use out of these VW fabrics, quite unusual for my fabric to go from stash to garment in 2 months or less!).
Phew! Now it's time for me to get a few hours of rest - we are heading to Italy (yes, I'm thinking what you're thinking - La Mia Boutique and *fabric*!!) but I won't feel truly relaxed until I'm on the plane and it's in the air. Ciao!
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