I think it works with this black skirt, but I imagine it'd work with a something flared too.
Posing at the side of my house is so embarrassing. My nextdoor neighbours haven't said anything to me yet; I cringe to guess what they must think - perhaps:
such a waste of the battery on that camera!
but more likely:
what revolting narcissicm!
Oh dear. Let's move right along.
*** Note to self: Fix mop!
The pattern is Vogue 1308, a summery little neck to ankle jump suit. Although the idea of a silk jumpsuit seems strangely compelling to me, I have to admit it would be completely impractical for my harried (you know, just the working mother stuff) life. I guess I may still make the jumpsuit one day - perhaps for a retirement disco party? :-)
Obviously I've only made the loose-fitting (absolutely no darts!) top from the jumpsuit, and I've left off the back ruffle. To turn the bodice into a top I compared the pattern pieces to a RTW top that I like to wear to work. I added about 10cm in length and widened a little from the waist down to account for hips. Very easy.
This fabric is one from my Sydney Sewing Social splurge; a grab for colour from Tessuti's remnant table. 0.85 metres at half the usual takes it to $19.10, minus a 15% discount for the Social means a total of about $16.25. The pattern was on sale at Vogue patterns in the US, and including shipping I guess it cost me around $7... everything else used (thread, bias binding) was a leftover.
The colours look more 'true' below, and you get some of our February sky, in-between downpours:
|Sorry for the terrible ironing effort - it looked OK on the hanger in a darkened room, honest!|
Below you can see the lightness of the fabric - and sewing details on the front ruffle:
Neckline and armholes are finished with (green) bias binding, and since the top is loose enough I skipped the recommended centre back zip and have an opening that will end in a small press stud at the top.
|Pre- press stud - not following the pattern instructions.|
Next up I need to answer some tricky questions from Hazel (thank you Hazel, I'm getting there but I'm a bit stumped on a couple of them), and share The Skirt From The Dress That Didn't Want To Work.
See you anon, Gabrielle x