Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sewing in Outfits (Again) V1247, S2339 and B5789

Happy Halloween everyone! We don't get many trick or treaters where I live so I've gotten away from my former enthusiasm for this holiday so no, I don't have a costume to show you !

Instead, this week, I completed the third piece of an outfit which I know I'll wear a lot, both together and separately with other things in my closet.

What do you think ?







The shirt is S2339 , now OOP but it's one of those patterns with the ABCD cup sizing that we well endowed ladies love because that's one alteration we don't have to make. I used the Cup size D front piece and the fit is really good. However I did do the rounded back, sway back and narrow and sloping shoulders alterations  which I do for almost all my garments.

The fabric is cotton poplin.


I made V1247, the ever popular Pamela Roland skirt for my bottom piece. The fabric is a very textured, gorgeous , medium weight polyester from Fabricville ,which , BTW, carries fantastic fabrics , nowadays .




To make the stripes match , I had to pin at the beginning and end of each stripe, baste and use a walking foot but I won in the end.

I changed the pattern  a bit. I  reshaped it to a narrower width at the bottom because it seemed to want to really be A-lined and I moved the pockets closer to the sides. I omitted the pocket bag and simply stitched down the pockets. I left out the zipper and used elastic in the waistband.



The cardigan is my take on View E of B5789 for which I added 6" to the side seams as well as the diagonal front. I straightened the back as I don't like the dipped back look on me. The fabric is a polyester sweater knit.





 For the front , I overlapped  the pattern piece for the band to the pattern piece for the front  to make it all one . I drafted  a facing piece which I sewed ,under stitched, and used Steam- a- Seam to hold in place before I top stitched and that turned out really well.


I also made the sleeves extra long so I could fold back the cuffs which is a look I really like.
Oh and the sleeves are very roomy in this pattern.


Although I like the whole look ,including tucked in shirt on my dress form, on me, not so much. As a matter of fact , i don't like it as an over blouse either with the skirt.


But when I styled it this way, I like it a lot.


But to tell the truth my favorite way to wear this skirt is with this rayon/lycra top made using Burda 6988.




And with the cardi



As for the shirt, I'll mostly be wearing this way (scuba knit palazzo pants made using Silhouette Patterns Yoga Pants. )


Well, that's a lot of pictures but ....

I do hope you found time to sew this weekend.

Happy Sewing from


15 comments:

Coco said...

Great makes! I really like the cardigan, such nice lines and a beautiful color.

SewCraftyChemist said...

I love all of those looks! So nice Diana!!

Faye Lewis said...

Love it Diana. You nailed my work look exactly!

Vicki said...

Lovely! Great fabric for the skirt and it does look great with the black top.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Oh I need to take lessons from you on sophisticated casual dressing cause these pieces hit all the high notes I'm attempting to hit right now! Love how you slimmed out V1247, will have to take another look at that pattern now cause it would really work in my new world! All of the pieces are lovely and I really like how you've styled them!

Jenny said...

Very nice outfit! I'd forgotten about that skirt pattern!

Andrea said...

These all look just "so" my style. The skirt is one I have made a couple times, and really love. In a stripe??? Now I need to try that. The red cardigan is awesome and making the sleeves longer does the trick. Very nice ensemble.

Aisha J. - SewCouture said...

Love the skirt, Diana!!

twotoast said...

These pieces all look great - I especially love the cardi! Isn't it funny how we picture an outfit . . . But sometimes it just doesn't work, and yet the pieces go so well with others in our wardrobe!

Tut said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. And congrats on being able to wear horizontal stripes....I wish.
I appreciate your details on how you alter patterns and execute techniques.They're inspirational.
And of course I always love how you look 'Sew Happy' with your creations!

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Three great garments that look fabulous worn together, and even more fabulous worn with other garments in your wardrobe.

Jeanette Madden said...

All three pieces are great. I especially like the red, black, and white all in one outfit. Awesome!

Sharon said...

Three lovely garments and they all will work so well in your wardrobe.

Jane M said...

Wow, terrific outfits and wonderful styling. Thanks for all the pics. I know how much work it is to get dressed and styled to get these ready for posting. I'm especially into the belt over top under jacket look these days since it gives me an illusion of a waist.

Cathryn said...

Fabulous outfits! I adore the skirt!