Well, 3 actually.
One of the things I like about summer is starting to think about A/W clothes. I’ve gathered a few metres together already in greys and burgundy. I like Thornberry’s new approach to sewing – sew an outfit, not an orphan!
I took the Toni dress pattern and made it exactly as is but didn’t sew up the centre front seam.
What I have is a long, drapey waistcoat with a fab collar and pockets.
This time I added lead weights to the points of the drapes and they hang much better. The fabric is a stretch grey marl, actually quite stable and very good recovery, cotton and elastane blend from Fab Works.
But you can’t have a waistcoat without something to wear with it, like a skirt.
This one is Centre for Pattern Design CC Fold skirt. It’s mock wrap, one seam, waist tied. There’s space for a hidden zip inside the front fold but as this fabric is stretch I left it out.
My ties are also only half length.
I sewed the front fold halfway down just to keep it in place and the waist ties are also sewn together. So this skirt has no fastenings at all. It’s not even hemmed and I quite like the slight dip where the fold is.
Then, there’s fabric left over so you have to do something with it
This is Vogue 9193 by Marcy Tilton. It’s the top half of the top only. The sleeves are patched with inside out seams; raw edge bands for neck and hem and finally a little side pocket.
Altogether now –
As the Tilton pattern was out and about, I made a full length version of the top in a light grey, almost silver, knit from Minerva.
This can now be layered with the dark grey top –
and when it gets really cold, just layer up again with the waistcoat.
But now you need something else to wear with the tops, like trousers. Same Tilton pattern this time made in the weirdest fabric from Fab Works: silk and linen woven into ripples. The trousers have a yoke and horizontal pockets; elasticated waist and ankle length.
Then the camera battery was exhausted, as was I. So I suppose there’ll have to be a sequel.