Monday, June 14, 2010

Disjointed week

Well, so much for the holiday. A series of incidents at work meant I was called back early. I will take more time off after the end of the financial year. I'll stop complaining and show you what I've sewn.

I made this pair of yoga pants. They are BWOF 11-2007-122. I made them from a microfleece and they are a delight to wear, despite this awful picture. I've traced the matching yoga top and will make that one day when I have time to do something other than work.


Remember the black and white boucle jacket I made that was too small (Vogue 8161)? I retraced the pattern in size 12 and made this jacket. It's in Gorgeous Fabrics rayon doubleknit and was inspired by a jacket I had many years ago. Back in the days when I had a real, honest career in film and television I travelled all the time. I had a red, black and white wardrobe that was wholly for travelling. As part of that wardrobe I had two doubleknit jackets, one red, one black. They were princess seamed zip front jackets and one the central panels were quilt stitched. They were able to dress up simple skirts and make them corporate friendly when I needed it, but they also worked with jeans for casual situations. The jackets are long gone, but the holes they left in my wardobe are still there and this jacket is the first attempt at plugging said holes. I love cardigans, but sometimes I feel frumpy so having a doubleknit jacket gives me the comfort without the frump. I will make a red one in the coming weeks.

On it's own, this jacket looked a little austere, so I hunted through my button stash and found these. I had only four and they came from they op shop where I purchased them for the princely sum of 50c! They're smaller than I would normally use on a jacket, but I didn't want the buttons to overpower the simplicity of the jacket.

I also made this skirt as a wearable muslin. It's BWOF 01-2008-127 and is part of a skirt suit. It has panels to give it shape (no darts) and is actually really flattering on me. I topstitched the seams on either side to highlight the shaping and to hold the doubleknit flat. I had intended to make a feature of the topstitching using a heavier thread, but it would not sew on the fabric, so I gave up. You may recall a few weeks ago I made a skirt from this same fabric (BWOF 06-2009-124) with pleats in front. It didn't even make it to its first wear. I recycled the lining and zipper for use in this skirt and the fabric will become something else. A perfect example of what happens when you don't use the recommended fabric. I have a green faux suede one of these in the pipeline.

Lastly, this evening in between basting roast potatoes in duck fat, I made this top. Once again, it's KS 3338 with the Stitches cowl variation. Last time I made this, Vicki asked which Stitches it was from. It's Volume 17, Number 2 and the magazine also added a gather in front and changed the sleeves. I just use the cowl and I love it, it covers the back of my neck without restricting. I also have a version of the cowl for the higher neckline.

26 comments:

Sue said...

Love an orange cowl neck tee- you will use this a lot. The DK jacket and skirt look fabulous!

Faye Lewis said...

Love the yoga pants, I need some badly. Your suit is FAB!

Gail said...

for a disjointed week you don't do too badly. Funny I'm also making a suit in black ponte and made my daughter some black yoga pants this weekend! Love your suit, dress it up with some bright red shoes.

Sharon said...

I just love the jacket and skirt, corporate suit or weekend jacket. I need to check out that cowl adjustment in Stitches. Love the colour.

Sheila said...

Your suit is right up my alley...love the suit and really like the mandarin collar... nice touch.

I've been in need of lounge pants, but constantly find other items to sew. Just maybe this week I will pull out a pattern to make lounge pants.

RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Love the suit. I agree with Gail. Red shoes would be very chic with it. So would teal or purple or....LOL. The marigold top is yummy! Let's switch closets!
Angela

Mary Nanna said...

I love the silhouette of that suit and I am very impressed at your recycling/op shopping prowress!

Gorgeous Things said...

I just love that suit, and the orange cowl top!

Vicki said...

Thanks for the answer to the cowl question. Must go look it up. I have made that skirt pattern (twice) and think it is very flattering. Like your jacket too :)

gwensews said...

That is a very elegant suit. Just gorgeous! Love the top too!

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kbenco said...

Very smart suit. I am tempted by double knit after all your terrific looking items, and I think I will be looking up that cowl neck too.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Love the jacket. Very versatile, but not a boring, shapeless black jacket. I really need one of those...

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Angelia said...

The jacket is hot! Love it!! Paired with the skirt looks so professional!
I've made yoga pants from that pattern and I really loved them.. but then I discovered a local dept. store had fashionable yoga pants for $5 to $15.. and I got lazy and never made another pair! But I bought alot! haha!!
Love crowl neck long sleeve tops.. I think they are so flattering!

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Kathi said...

You have been quite productive!! I just love the orange cowl neck shirt - it combines all of my favorite elements. My favorite color is orange and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a good cowl neck. That looks like a really nice cowl neck.
Your jacket and skirt look amazing - very professional!

Kathi said...

You have been quite productive!! I just love the orange cowl neck shirt - it combines all of my favorite elements. My favorite color is orange and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a good cowl neck. That looks like a really nice cowl neck.
Your jacket and skirt look amazing - very professional!

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