Chapter 1. The Dotty Blouse
Silk charmeuse. Aahhhh. Just the thought of it brings me bliss. Is there anything so light as a feather, shimmery as a star, fluid as a mountain stream? All wrapped up in one glorious fabric. Sometimes I look at the prices of clothes in the stores, and wonder "Why am I sewing? ". But one touch of silk charmeuse and I remember. This is the stuff that you can't buy a top made from for less than $200, but you can make it for $50 or less.
Dotty is really designed for a fabric that looks the same on both sides, as the pattern piece for the front is just one piece that flips at the hem. Since my fabric is different on the reverse, I decided to split the pattern piece into two at the hem level, add a seam allowance, and sew them together.
Now, when it folds back on itself, you'll see the right side of the fabric. The bottom doesn't lay perfectly straight, so a little bit of the wrong side does show, but I'm okay with that.
Cutting silk charmeuse can be tricky. Here is my go to method:
The fronts are finished just by folding back a facing. The instructions didn't indicate how to finish the back neckline, so I decided to use a bias strip of self fabric before sewing the shoulder seams.
|Finished Baby Hem.|
Chapter 2: The Skinny Pants
Since Dotty is so loose fitting, I needed something form-fitting on the bottom. I found this soft black and tan stretch denim at Fabric Mart to go with Burda 6879- a skinny pant with pockets and a back yoke.
I have a hard time making pants, as my waist measurement is 2 sizes bigger than the hip measurement. So, I blended between sizes, and crossed my fingers, hoping for a good outcome. They were no where near as skinny as I had envisioned. I kept on sewing the side seams a little bigger, and a little bigger, until I got the fit that I was after. I probably ended up taking off about 1-1/2" on each side. I wanted them to be super snug at the legs, but comfortable at the top.
Chapter 3: The Faux Fur Vest
The faux fur vest is made from Burda Style pattern magazine issue 11/2012, #103. What is this model doing wearing fur on the beach with a sleeveless dress?
Chapter 4- Putting them all together
So, that's the story of how each flat piece of fabric became something new and exciting to wear. Now, altogether, they will be worn to a Hanukkah party, a Christmas party, a New Year's Eve party, and probably many more times this winter. As long as I don't eat myself out of fitting into these skinny pants!
Now, if I can just beat my husband at chess....
Happy Holidays Everyone!!! Here's wishing you a wonderful New Year!