What I love most about reading sewing blogs is delving into inspiration from all walks of life – from retro style fitting and tailoring to down and dirty steam punk stuff, and everything in between. I also enjoy sewing my own clothes because I can try out styles and fabrics that I would probably not purchase as RTW.
One of my favourite blogs is prttynpnk – witty, ironic, informative, got attitude but every so often I’m mildly surprised when Anne comes up with cute and pretty. She has a thing about Lisette and Serendipity type patterns and this is one of those occasions when I like reading about them and looking at them, but have always thought – not for me.
I was in a fabric shop in town the other day buying yet more jeans needles when I spotted a darling red cotton – sort of like a quilter’s design but softer and MUCH wider. It had occurred to me that all these jeans I’m making will need some tops to go with them and this fabric was just the thing. Needed a pattern though – Simplicity were at half price so I hunted out this one – 3596. It reminded me of Lisette styling but purchasable instantly. So £XXX later with patterned cotton and contrasting cotton, zip, thread, pattern and the jeans needles, went home to try out.
This is the result.
The top has an underskirt and an over skirt; the bodice, front and back is lined with the plain red that also forms the tie round the middle. Sleeves are a wondrous flared affair that hit exactly the same length as the overskirt. Worn with super red shoes and my best boyfriend style jeans yet (more on these later).
On the whole, I was fairly pleased with myself. A new style that I thought I wouldn’t like but I do. The top is long enough to cover the bum and loose enough to eat a four course dinner. Got my long sleeves which is a must, and the colours really lift any shade of denim you wish to throw at it.
DH rarely comments on my clothes unless he hates them – the Yeti coat or loves them – the startling gym slip dress; otherwise he just ignores what I wear. But this was so out of my comfort range that I did actually ask out loud for an opinion. Shouldn’t have bothered………
I’m afraid I wasn’t such a good Stepford wife the night before these photos – hence the bags under my eyes and general pallor…..
What I’m still trying to figure out is when your husband says you look like a Stepford wife is this a compliment or an insult?