I have made 5 pieces so far - a black corduroy skirt, a brown, animal print, jersey twinset and an orange Ikat 2-piece dress. Here are the first three garments - are you sitting comfortably? If so, here is the fashion show (hey, I watch America's Next Top Model, I know how to pose . . . . )
The black skirt is made out of a fine wale corduroy (from my collection and it is ages old)) is is from Simplicity 4221, a 4-gore skirt I lined it with black bemberg lining (from Fabric.com) and trimmed the hem with black lace.
Check out the round shoulders. My father would be appalled at my posture - sorry Dad!
For the twinset I used Hiatchi sweater jersey from Fabric.com. The cardigan is a Linda McPhee pattern that has just three pattern pieces - the sleeves, the front bands and and 'all in one piece' that makes up the fronts and back. The top is my adjusted Kwik Sew 3752. I am not sure if I like this as a twinset - it seems very busy.
Now this I think, looks much better. I like the patterned top and the plain skirt. I am a little bothered by the gathers in the front of the skirt - too big, or the wrong fabric?
I think the back of the skirt fits great - no gathers. Maybe a tad long though?
Now this is interesting. This is another Kwik Sew 3752 that I made out of black slinky fabric (from Linda McPhee) and I think that the black 'column' with the patterned cardigan looks much better. So, perhaps I will institute a new rule - only one animal print garment per outfit?!
So, what did I learn from this little photo shoot? Well, it appears that my favourite skirts are rather too long. This black one is about 35" long, but I think that I prefer length of my red and grey flirty skirts. I have enough of the black corduroy to make a shorter straight skirt, so I will try that out with these tops and see if it is a better match. And I think a smaller size is in order to get rid of the gathers in the front.
Secondly, I really do need to put a seam in the back of my cardigan's. Other posters are quite correct when they say that the expanse of fabric is not very flattering. I also need to make an adjustment for my upper back - something that I learned from my 'Fit for Real People' sewing class I attended this weekend (more of that in another post later this week).
And finally - when did I go so grey? Like really? I have a couple of years before hitting 50 and I think that from the back I look much older. Sigh . . . . My hairdresser says that it is a lovely color (I think she is just being polite), but all I can see is grey. As I am not going to dye it (can you imagine the time that it would take and as soon as the roots start growing back I would need to dye it again) as that would eat into my sewing time - so I am just going to embrace it. But what style to have? I usually have very short, almost spiky hair but had thought about a Louise Brooks short bob . . .
But I wonder if would just look like a metal helmet on me. Hmmmm. I need to think on this.