I often visit blogs and feel sad for those of you who don't have very much time to sew. While I was still teaching I use to alternate on Saturdays between cleaning and sewing.That worked well for me and at that time ,I was very organized.
As a retired person ,I chose Wednesday as my Big Sewing Day.I sew other times too, but Wed. is my guilt-free-do-nothing-else-from-early-morning-to-late-at-night sewing day.And I enjoy every minute. My DH goes to town and spends the night at his sister's so I can have this one day all to myself.
This Wednesday, I made this top,
thinking it would look well with this skirt.
But I didn't really like them together.
The top is View A of Simplicity2520
and the fabric is a really nice polyester sweater knit.This fabric did not act like polyester at all and is very comfortable to wear.
The only change I made was to the sleeves. I straightened them and made them 7/8 with a wide hem. I like that look.
The fit is fairly snug. I cut my usual Size 12 for the shoulder area but Size 14 for the side seams and I could have used a bit more room. (but then, I am a little rounder than usual at present,LOL)
The neckline is very high and fairly snug,actually a little too snug but I like the look of the yoke
I used an invisible zipper closure at the back
Now about this skirt!
I think many of us fell in love the first time we saw this Marci Tilton skirt.
What you need to know if you've tried this pattern or are planning on it is that the pieces don't fit together! I was completely shocked when this happened!I thought am I stupid or what? Then I remembered Katherine's green version of this pattern and so I checked it out and of course this wonderful and generous woman had the solution.I won't go into details but the problem lies with the bias pieces having an extra inch on all sides.
The pieces fit effortlessly together after removing the extra inch and I really like the results. I didn't change a thing. I cut out the size 12 and it fit. I did use bias stay tape so the bias seams wouldn't stretch too much and had no trouble at all.I had fun top stitching (I love top stitching).
My fabric is a light suit weight cotton/poly blend and my skirt looks very much like the one on the envelope.Here I am wearing the two pieces together but its not a great look.
Here's a back view with Vogue 8323
More pics here.
Happy Sewing from Diana