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?