It seems that taking photos of myself is the bottleneck for this blog, I need to schedule more vacations!
Here are two pieces I made recently, not necessarily to be worn together.
First is this top / jacket from BurdaStyle 06/2008 - 109. I had a remnant of black doubleknit and a fun patent zipper that needed using up and this pattern seemed to be the perfect match. This isn't the kind of thing I would normally make or wear, but this was so much fun to put together and looks very RTW sportswear.
Confession time - after I had carefully sewn on the exposed zip, feeling rather pleased with myself at my straight stitching I zipped it up only to see that my pockets were horribly misaligned! Unpicking the zipper would probably have left holes in it and I didn't fancy unpicking one of the pockets in this fabric either so I cheated and put some tape over the seams, offset to look they they match and added another row of topstitching where needed to make the two sides look the same.
I'm still figuring out ways to wear the - what, top, jacket, cardigan? I think it will work best as an hoodie alternative to throw on over workout clothes although the short sleeves probably rule that out for half the hemisphere at a time! For the purposes of killing two birds with one stone I'm wearing it here with a simple stretch jacquard pencil skirt.
This was a remnant of some stretch fabric I picked up on a recent jaunt to HK's garment district (the rest of the fabric is a simple sheath dress, in the blogging queue). The two sides of the fabric are different and I decided to play this up and use alternate sides on the centre and side panels, although the effect is quite subtle and can't be seen in my lousy modelling photos at all.
The fabric is so stretchy that I omitted the zipper and just did an elasticated faced waistband, using the exact method shown here. You can see my chalk marks on the elastic below that I used to divide it into quarters and match to side and centres of the skirt.
The pattern is a panelled pencil skirt from Patrones issue 272 - #48, but it is such a basic skirt shape there are plenty of similar patterns around. You really can't see the skirt details at all below, but here is the whole outfit. I'm predicting this will be a workhorse skirt in my closet and I'm even starting to look forward to cooler weather so I can wear it with boots and a sweater.