Wouldn't that be cool if we could do that here? It wasn't expensive either. I think she said it would be about $25 for all three pieces, and she did have two sets made for her there, and then brought one set home to make for herself. The fabrics were similar to a rayon challis- but very, very thin and lightweight.
Right after she left, Vogue came out with this pattern, Vogue 9159, that looked exactly like what we were looking for, except it was designed for knits!
I picked it up right away, but then she went to Madagascar, where their dress is totally different, so she didn't need it. Not one to let a good pattern go to waste, I decided to try it out for myself. I've always admired the look on women that I see wearing it in our city, because it really seems to flatter young, old, tall, short, and everything in between.
I've really been into graphic prints lately, so I decided to try both the short and the long version using ITY knits and ponte knits for the pants, all from Fabric Mart Fabrics. I made a muslin first out of a paisley ITY knit that I blogged about on the Fabric Mart blog here. The next one was from this black and white geometric print and an ivory ponte knit for the pants:
And I saved my favorite for last- this teal geometric print with a black ponte for the pants.
The pants are really comfortable, by the way. Even though they aren't the focal point of the pattern, I think they are a gem of a pattern. The cut is just right to taper in at the knee and flare out just enough to give a nice curve. There is a center back seam in this pattern which allows you to have some shaping at the waist. I had to be careful when I cut that the stripes would all match on the sides, sleeves and center back. I also intentionally put a black area at the waist to give an illusion of a smaller waist. I
When I ordered these two knits, I had also ordered a white lace, planning on making a scarf with it. However, when I got it, the lace had far too much body for a scarf, so I had to come up with a plan B.
Even though it's just white on white, it's definitely a lot of pattern combined with these prints, so I"m not totally sure that I'll wear them together. Although I'm sure that I could wear it with a solid tunic.
I'd be interested in your opinions: yay or nay on this lace vest with these tunics??? But with or without the vest, I'm in love with my new tunics. I wore this one to the school that I work at today, and was quite comfortable.