First of all, big thanks for all the comments on my last post about fitting a shift dress. I have made the suggested alterations - removed the excess fabric under the arms, 'nipped' in the waist at the side seams, taken 4" off the hem and 'sliced' up the front to remove excess fabric. The fit is muuuuuch better (just need hubby to take some more pics to show you!), but I am not quite ready to commit this to my wool/silk fabric herringbone for the Oscar de la Renta dress. I think that there are some more adjustments to be made, and then I have to get used to the actual fit. It is a lot more snug than my usual clothes, and it takes some getting used to! In the meantime . . . . I have been planning . . . . . !
I have planned a small 6 piece collection - 2 skirts, 2 tops and 2 jacket/cardigans. Here are my fabrics and patterns:
This fabric is a lovely grey suiting with a faint chevron weave. The aqua lining is from my Mum's collection and I think it will be a lovely finish to this skirt - one of those linings that makes you smile whenever you see it!
Next up is some red suiting with a touch of lycra. I will use the Vogue jacket in this red, and some black crepe to make a shortened version of the 'v' necked cardigan from Simplicity.
My second skirt will be made from this herrigbone (rayon from Fabric.com) - this time the skirt is a short (for me) 'A' line, with a white lining.
And finally, two Sorbettos - I know, how many is too many? Who knows? But I will be making one in a solid black poplin and the other in a solid lilac poplin (99cents/m from Fabric Mart) - both colors have a touch of lycra making these tops very comfy!
On the whole - pretty staid fabrics (for me) but they are much needed in my wardrobe of patterned fabrics!!
To finish, I wanted to share the alteration that I use on skirts with a drapey fabric - replacing the vent with a godet/fishtail.
So there you have it - a cute little fashion detail that adds a bit of 'flip' to your hem!
And whilst I am sewing up these lovelies, I can plan what I am going to sew with this lovely little bundle that arrived from Vogue Fabrics . . . . . from the left is some wool crepe, patterned cotton jersey, and lastly a cute ruffle fabric:
How about you? How is your sewing shaping up?!