Friday, April 24, 2015
Back to Work Basics
Pattern: This first top is Simplicity 1690. Its a basic little top with only three pattern pieces. I love that! The pattern went together easily. I graded the pattern an 8 at the shoulders, 10 at the bust and 12 at the hip line. The only observation I can think of about this pattern is that the bias binding facing at the neckline is a bit wide but I like the result. The hemline has a nice touch with a split hem on each side.
Fabric: This is a rayon challis from Hancocks fabrics. It was leftover from my recent maxi skirt make.
Styling: I've paired this top with work pants and this black pencil skirt. I have enjoyed wearing it more than I initially thought I would. My first impression when I looked at this top was that I had made a top suitable for scrubs. But after wearing it I think I will have to make another one!
Pattern: The pencil skirt is Simplicity 2154. This is one of Simplicity's vintage patterns. It went together great. I used a size 12 at the waist, 14 in the hips and graded back to a 12 below the hips. It has a side zipper, waistband, and vent in the back. The instructions don't include lining and I didn't use a lining. In the summer it gets pretty hot here and I like wearing slips under skirts because they are easier to launder and it saves my garments from over washing. It seems I need an adjustment for a bit of a full tummy but I've tried some tutorials that address this problem with other skirts and didn't have great results. If anyone knows a really good method for that fix I'd love to hear it! I'm inclined to just ignore the problem since its only a minor nuisance and just pick a more relaxed fabric next time I make this skirt!
Fabric: My Mom gave me this fabric, it is a cotton with stretch. Not sure what exactly it is but it feels like bottom weight and is crisp.
Styling: A pencil skirt like this is so versatile. I made mine on the longer end. I might shorten it a smidge next time. I'm not sure what this skirt won't go with since its a basic black pencil skirt, I know I'll get a lot of use out of it.
Pattern: The top above is Simplicity 1366. I've made this pattern twice before and its very easy. It has a boxy shape and dropped shoulders. This one is a size 8, which I think I should've graded to at least a size ten in the bust and waist. I like the shape of this top and have been considering trying a different pattern like this one except without the dropped shoulder- mainly this one from Butterick. I'm just curious about the differences between the two patterns and really like this way this top looks and would like to see if I can copy it.
Styling: I've made this top a couple times before and made the hem narrower on this one. I wanted a bit more length so that I can tuck it into the skirt. This type of top is a great blank canvas for a statement piece necklace. I have only one statement piece necklace so I might have to do something about that!