I am heading home to the UK for a family visit shortly and while I am there will be able to pick up the Singer Tailoring Techniques book that Pin Queen sent to my dad's house after I was lucky enough to win her recent giveaway. Thank you Pin Queen, can't wait to get my hands on the book! That would almost be enough reason for the trip, but in fact I am going for my dad's wife's 70th birthday party and also separately to my MIL's 70th birthday party.
Hong Kong has suddenly got cooler and the UK is having a heatwave so right now the temperatures are about the same in both places, but I know it can't possibly last until my visit so I have got started on fall sewing.
First up is a knit cotton twinset and pencil skirt from the strangest material I have ever used - none of these pieces are going to set the world alight but they will get a lot of wear both on my trip and beyond, particularly the versatile twin set.
1) Knit top - Burda Style 04/2011-122
I left off the neck zipper so it is a bit of a squeeze to get it on. The turtleneck is just cut on so it has a bit of a weird drape to it, but I like this more than I thought I would, especially with the sleeve, it feels very Japanese designer or minimalist Calvin Klein.
2) Cardigan - modified Burda Style 01/2011 - 126
3) Pencil skirt
I bought this fabric a few years ago in Melbourne when Vicki took me shopping. It is very unusual, a textured stretch fabric with a slight metallic sheen to it. It looks a bit like lava rock to me although I must admit there is a hint of cowpat to it too! This is a self drafted pattern - just a tube skirt. As the fabric is quite bulky and difficult to hem I just serged the edges, resulting in a scalloped finish and zig zagged a wide piece of elastic for a waistband.