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Two garments drafted

These two garments were almost finished when I went on holiday, but there was just not enough time to finish them then. I came back with a a lot of ideas in my mind and almost started something new. But…. I promised myself to not start too many things and keep procrastinating finishing. Thus I finished these and there is nothing in the ufo pile (not counting the muslin for the jacket).
The top is drafted to my own measurements and basically a knock off from an Ottobre pattern. It’s an easy and versatile top that I now have in 4 variations and I love these on a hot day. The fabric I bought in fabric in the trip I made there with my sewing friends. After serious consideration I decided to buy it. It’s a lovely, lovely silk and feels so very soft to the skin. I said to my daughther that we should always be wearing silk. It took a bit of tweaking when cutting out as I had only 1 meter. The facing is cut in two parts and the binding for the armholes was cut off-grain, but certainly not on the bias as I would have wished.
I’m quite happy with the fit, only the bust dart looks a bit low,

The skirt was drafted after an Knip Mode skirt from the August 2013 issue.

I closed the pocket seams in the end, as they were standing off. The photos are not so clear and show a few wrinkles but it is a comfortable skirt.

Seeing the photos I like the top better with the tan color.
A few construction photos:
The under collar of the top was cut on the bias and I “favored” the seam of the upper collar. It makes for a nice edge to the collar.

For all seams I used French seams. The first pass I made with the serger and very thin Serafil thread which adds hardly any bulk. I don’t always do seams of tops like this but this fabric was worth it.

Comments

  1. The fit looks beautiful and that fabric is just amazing. I agree with you on silk. We should be wearing it more often, and silk CDC is as tough as nails - I dress my little girls in my silk scraps! I love the way the colours of the top go with the red skirt too. Very very nice!

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  2. I hardly know where to start. Okay. The fabric is just lovely. I, too, think that it looks better with the tan skirt/pants, but only because the red skirt competes a bit for attention. The fit is fantastic; I especially appreciate the shoulder length -- just perfect for you. You've made a top that I hope you enjoy wearing many many times.

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  3. Lovely! What a beautiful fit.

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  4. The fit on your top is perfect. I agree with Sandra about the red skirt competing for attention. No matter what, that top is wonderful!

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  5. The fit on your top is perfect. I agree with Sandra about the red skirt competing for attention. No matter what, that top is wonderful!

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  6. A great looking top that fits beautifully and will become a favorite piece in wardrobe I'm sure

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  7. Great summer wardrobe pieces! The fit is lovely.

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  8. The fit on your shirt is wonderful. What gorgeous fabric. And the red skirt is perfect.

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  9. Your work is amazing. The fabric makes my mouth water and I haven't even touched it to feel the hand. I bet it's just divine to wear. And when I saw it with the red skirt it totally popped and you reminded me of all the colorful and artsy people of Eindhoven (I visted a few years ago). The red skirt is a must and the perfect fashion statement.

    I love how you have ever so slight of a blousing just above the waist, but it's perfectly smooth from waist to hip. I dream of having that close a fit. I'm struggling with the back from CB waist to hip.

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  10. beautiful top and goes so well with your tan and skirt.

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  11. Silk is my favorite fabric. Your blouse and skirt are lovely. Kudos on drafting the patterns yourself. I know I should do that more often. The fit is always spot on when the pattern is drafted from my sloper.

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  12. I love the skirt detail. The color is a perfect with the fabric you chose for the blouse. You did a wonderful job. Keep up the great work.

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  13. Well done on both items. The blouse is really beautiful and looks great on you. I like it with both the tan and the skirt.

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  14. Love the blouse and skirt. I think the blouse grabs the attention with the pants as it should; it looks good with the skirt but it is playing second fiddle to the skirt. I just watched a sewing program I taped and the program focused on silk fabrics and how it is a great fabric to work with.

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  15. That's a lovely summer blouse and the print is so beautiful and painterly. I love it with the tan pants, but it does look really nice with your new red skirt too :)

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  16. It's a great blouse. What terrific fabric and great pattern drafting. I like it with both colors. I'd probably also pair it with black.

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