Monday, June 13, 2011

Some winter sewing

My exams are over and I have my life to myself until next semester. If I ever find the person who told me I could work fulltime, study part time and still have a life ... wait, I think it was me.

I have actually been sewing, little by little. Here are some things I've made recently. Both the jacket and the skirt are made from a chartreuse wool and silk blend that was part of the Vera Wang collection sold on a couple of years ago. I had no idea what to make with this as it is a very difficult colour to wear. I didn't intend for the jacket and skirt to go together, but I had more of this fabric than I realised. Despite some rodent activity in my sewing room, leaving a sizable hole in this fabric, I still have enough left for something else. I may make a vest.

I have a love/hate relationship with this fabric. It is incredibly soft and very comfortable, but it stretches like crazy because of the twill weave. On the other hand, it took very little coercing with the steam iron to get it back to shape and it presses like a dream.

The jacket is BWOF 03-10-102. The pattern calls for three buttons but I only put one in and I like it this way. It is lined, but I fused a strip of interfacing to keep the sleeve shape as the drapiness of the fabric made it floppy.

It doesn't look so great on Vera, but I've already worn it to work with black leggings, boots and black top, which was the BWOF funnel neck from last year. I didn't photograph it because I am lazy, but I think you can imagine it. I used a vintage button that is divided into quadrants, two bronze and two brass.

I didn't underline or interface this jacket, so I wanted a lining with a bit of beef. I found this in my stash; an op shop purchase from ages ago awaiting a use. The purple and blue goes well, in my eyes, but what really tied it in is the mustard flowers. I even remembered to put a label in!

This picture is a bit poor, but this skirt is BWOF 01-11-113 with a godet/kick pleat at the back. The detail of the yoke creates the curve and it fits me right with no alterations. Sadly, Vera is not the same shape as me, so it looks less flattering on her.

Here is the back view. I interfaced the hem of the godet to make it sit better. I quite like the idea of purple with this, so I am planning a top to wear and I'm also nearly finished knitting a purple cardigan.

Purple and green seems to be the theme today. Here is a final baby gift. It's the same as the tomato hat I've made before, but I had some purple wool left over and decided to make an eggplant hat this time!

On my cutting table this week is a lot of trashy animal prints, faux fur and velvet. You could be excused for thinking I was planning a wardrobe for Stevie Nicks!


Vicki said...

Lovely. The lining is a great addition to the jacket. I like the sound of purple with it too.

kbenco said...

I am imagining that black outfit with the jacket, and it does sound great. I'm glad you have finished your exams for the moment. Looking forward to more gorgeous sewing.

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Hi Carol. Thanks for visiting my blog. Is that Vicki of HongKongShopper fame? Where have you been? Okay back to Carol. I'm loving the green and purple. I'm thinking of a pair of trousers. Too funky?

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Please send purple shoes to match my dress. LOL

Gail said...

Glad to see your work taking centre stage again. The jacket is lovely.

sewing spots said...

I love the skirt pleat and the jacket lining! You've done some lovely projects!

Faye Lewis said...

Love that outfit, the color is fab.

Sharon said...

Wow the black outfit with the jacket would have been stunning and you have the height to carry it off.

Love the kick pleat in the skirt, need to look this pattern up.

Enjoy your break from study.

Audrey said...

I regret not buying any of the Vera Wang fabric every time I see wonderful garments, like yours, mad from it. Both the jacket and skirt beautiful.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

You made lovely use of this fabric! Both pieces are great. I love the retro feel of the jacket.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love yor outfit and the lining is perfect!

Cennetta said...

Great outfit.