|When I first finished the skirt and top, I thought they were too short, but when I put them together, the proportions actually worked, and neither looked too short on the dress form or me! Happy days!|
I wore shorts last weekend...a sign that Spring is officially here! In honor of this fabulous season, I dedicated my first available Saturday to this colorful top and skirt...finished just two hours ago.
I am doing all this with the flu. I sneezed, I hacked, and sneezed some more. But who's bothered by all this when I can focus on some quality sewing? Not me!
The skirt fabric came from the home furnishings section at Joann's Fabrics. It was the last yard on the bolt, and I think these chubby, bright chickens were meant for kitchen curtains. But I thought it would be a cute skirt instead. The top fabric was a plaid, cotton-stretch find from the clearance table. And with only a yard left, I did not have many pattern choices. I don't normally mix so many patterns together, but I thought the two pieces have a nice little country look to it.
What do you think? Tucked in or out? I like it both ways. The outfit looks great with my red Mary Janes.
I usually don't like combing through clearance tables, but it was an additional 50% off, and I couldn't resist. To prevent myself from slipping into hoarding mode, I tried to get pieces that at least matched each other. I bought a lemony chiffon piece decorated with clear sequin, and another yellow loose knit that would make a nice front-tie jacket for the summer. I just have to come up with some patterns for these pieces.
I bought about six yards of fucsia t-shirt ribbing fabric...I have been looking for this exact color and material ever since I ruined my favorite Gap tank with a leaky ink pen in the dryer. (I have ruined so many pieces of clothing this way). Now I have enough material to make ten more tank tops at three bucks each.
In February, Hart's Fabrics in Santa Cruz had its storewide sale. I loaded up on many pieces that would work for my Spring into Summer wardrobe. All the fabric designs beg for retro styling. Pencil pants are in my future, along with a Chanel imitation bouclé skirt, and even a bow-tie blouse. Since it's still early in the season, and Summers in Northern California can last through September, I've got plenty of time to get everything done. (As long as I stop adding more projects to the pile...anymore ideas, and I'll be sewing Summer wear till Christmas.)
I decided to test run a few Burda Style online patterns with my Spring-into-Summer projects. I've located at least a couple patterns I want to use.
Here is my color palette for the next two seasons:
|This is a future chocolate lace dress with a pink cotton underlining.|
|The left is a tutti fruiti boucle´ that is going to be an imitation Chanel skirt, and the right is a rayon floral on dotted jacquard. In this photo, the two fabrics don't look like they match, but they do!|
Thinking of turning this one into a semi-fitted, short-sleeved bow-tie blouse. This top will also match the boucle´ skirt but the two prints might not be contrasting enough.