Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Tank & Skirt | Sil 500 & M4783

With my journey of getting back my old body, comes changing shape (thankfully).  So I busted out some Silhouette patterns to get a simple but essential tank top.  It's out of a cotton-Lycra knit that I found in the basement (meaning it's old stash...or well aged like a good wine!).

This is the muslin or mock up I did.  Very happy with it.  I made the front neck a bit lower and on the next version took out some back length and there was a horizontal excess fabric at CB.  You can see how nice the armholes fit -- an issue with full-busted ladies like me.  Perfect.

These are great patterns as they are already drafted for D-cup sizes and use flattering french darts. But the envelopes haven't changed since they were designed -- the designer started to update them but her clients kept buying the same patterns again as the photo was different!  Found that funny.  Great marketing to sell more patterns. 

Just feast your eyes on the 80's below on the pattern cover!


Thankfully I had this skirt I made last year that goes perfectly.  The skirt is falling off a bit, but the new top and belt (from Tonic) hold it up!  The skirt is from a embroidered cotton gauze/voile type fabric from Fabricland...and I made it the month I bought the fabric *bonus*!

Oh and I must mention the shoes.  A best-of-season find at the Naturalizer outlet at Cross Iron Mills when visiting my family this last winter.  Perfect with this outfit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A friendly skirt | S2258

In order to make the grad girl's gift, I had to fit it without her that's where her mum came in.  Thankfully they are the same size.

Actually, I was going through some of the fabrics my mum gave me thinking what they could 'grow up to be'.  When I saw this print, I immediately thought of the last issue of People Style magazine where they featured floral print on black in short shorts and skirts.  Yes that's what this fabric will grow up to be! 

I then remembered Sherrie having a blue top that would look smashing with this print.  That's my weird and wonderful mind working for me.

While it is the same skirt as Monique's, it looks very different in this print.  You can barely see the tie...but it's there.  I made it separate, rather than attached so it can be worn several ways as the pocket style mean you are probably going to be tucking in your top.

Of course, it's personalized! I just love doing this. It's so much fun and I love the end result of it looking polished with an arts & crafts funky style to the label.

Here's a photo of the pattern - you can see the detail of the skirt better here with it's scooped out pockets and the tie.