Thursday, January 3, 2013

TKOB - The First Pieces

You may call it cheating, but I prefer to think of it as maximizing my time and increasing my enthusiasm levels - and so I have made the first four pieces of my Taking Care of Business SWAP 2013 (TKOB)  using some very quick and easy patterns.

First off is the two piece dress using a lovely grey Aztec print in sweater jersey from Fabric.com that I got for Christmas.  The skirt is a 4 gore pattern Simplicity 4221 that I have used here and here.  I made it a little shorter than previous incarnations and lined it with a plain black lining.


Apologies for the headless shot but I was taking photos using the timer on the camera and my facial expressions are a little disturbing!!


Both of the tops are pullovers with polo necks - well, it is winter time and I wanted to try another neck treatment - I am pleased with how the neckline looks.  Here I have used my franken top TNT based upon Kwik Sew 3752.  One of the tops is in the same grey Aztec sweater print as the skirt and makes my 2 piece dress, the other is made from some brown cotton/lycra fabric that I have used before in red, white and black to make similar tops (sorry, no photo just yet!)  The other skirt is a new pattern for me (Butterick 4877) - the first time that I have tried it.  I used a grey poly fabric.  I am not too sure of the composition but it one that I inherited from my mother's sewing room and feels great against the skin and drapes well.  This has a fitted waist so I put an invisible zip in the back centre seam and lined it all with a plain black lining again. It also has a flounce and I love flounces!  Both skirts have 1" lace added to the lining as it makes me feel special when I am wearing them!



I am a little disappointed with the look of this skirt - I L.O.V.E flounces, but I think that in this case it really cuts the skirt in half and is unflattering.  I will need to think a little more about this - as it is one of Mum's fabrics, I am annoyed at my poor pattern choice.  On the positive side I have used the top half of this pattern to make a fitted straight skirt, and ran one up today in black corduroy - it fits a treat.  So much so that I will be swapping out the long black corduroy skirt from my Ikat Winter Collection 6PAC and replacing it with this new version.  Photos to follow!

I think that my next pattern to tackle in this collection will be the Sorbetto tops.  Once I have mastered the fit, I can cut a few out and get them sewn up.  I am thinking off entering the 'One Pattern, Many Looks' competition on Pattern Review (I know it has been done before, but it would be such a great opportunity).

So, how are you getting along with your New Year sewing?

6 comments :

  1. Not cheating at all, particularly as these look so wearable!
    As for the grey skirt, only this morning I was looking at a red skirt Rhonda whipped up, and I am wondering if the little added details she used might be suitable for your skirt ...

    http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/what-to-do-with-rag-bin-sweat-shirt.html

    You might already follow her at Rhonda's Creative Life. Can't wait to see your Sorbetto's - they are one of my fav little tops...

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  2. The style of the top is great! As for the flounce on the skirt, I'm thinking the flounce should be lower on the skirt and a bit shorter. That way it doesn't look so much like it is cutting it in half?

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  3. I agree with Judith and don't think it's cheating at all... I'd call it being a smart sewer. I too think that if the skirt flounce was a little lower and shorter it would look great and would give you a more flattering look. I'm looking forward to seeing your Sorbetto top I haven't yet made one of these but it's on my wish list.

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  4. Folks - thanks for your feedback. It really helps to get other views and I appreciate that! It is funny, it is only after I started taking photos and posting them that I realize what I actually look like! It is somewhat different from how I think I look!

    I love Rhonda's skirt (thanks for the link Judith). I will certainly have a play around and see what I can come up with!

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  5. Not cheating at all. You have been busy!

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  6. I really like the sweater printed pieces. I agree with asisewit that you're not cheating by using easy pieces. The point of SWAP is to come up with a wearable wardrobe from TNT patterns. It doesn't say that the patterns have to been intricate or complex! You're off to a great start!

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