Like many people who have a lot of clothes , in the past , I've often found I haven't got just the right thing to wear, To rectify this, I've made a real effort , this past year to sew complete outfits at a time.
This week, I made this outfit. I know ! Grey and black again.
The linen shirt was a trial for B6026 but was such a success that I decided to make a pair of black culottes to complete an outfit.
The culottes are in a nice weighty rayon jersey bought at Fabricville.
For the shirt I cut a size 12 with a half inch extra at the side seams which I didn't need so I would say that this pattern is quite generous. I added a bust dart after spreading the pattern piece one inch across the chest. This resulted in the design tucks being a little too low and I will deal with this in my next version.
I must say that those tucks were very easy to achieve and add a lot to the look of this shirt.
The culottes are McCall's 4861 (now OOP ) View E, which I made before here.
I omitted the zipper closure and the back darts and added elastic to the waistband.
I also added pockets which I don't love and may sew them down or take them out , I'm not sure which. They add a little too much bulk to the hips and who needs that?
Both these pieces can of course be worn with a number of other things and the culottes can almost be a four seasons item They will be fun to style for spring and summer, too.
Here I added a shrug
I'm not sure about this look
But I love these together
Do you ever wonder what I do with all the clothes I make ? Well, I do weed out my closets regularly. That usually happens when I find myself having to look for a hanger for something. I don't allow myself to buy more hangers so I know it's time to put some things in the give away bag.
I;m going to slow down my sewing for a couple of weeks and make my daughter a new winter coat. I''ve finally cut into a piece of heavy wool double knit that I bought in Paris five years ago.This is a very time consuming project but I do want to make the second version of the above shirt so I'll have that to show next week along with a pair of green denim jeans to match which I've never blogged. So please come back to see me soon.