Sunday, 20 February 2011

Winter pieces

Today we spent the day in the heat with family and friends because it's going to be my last summer blast for a while.
Our weather has been humid so these new pieces were made with the intention of having some warm layers for the US trip. I'm not wearing any of these pieces because we've just had  a hot/humid weekend (33C). These are my winter colour pieces that will be staples with dark jeans.
This green top is the merino wool knit. It's bulky enough to be an outer layer.

What you'll notice is the centre front gaps forward. My solution was to make this fit with gather stitches. Below is the effect the additional gathering stitches had on this top.  I used Kwik sew 3617 view A but then did the gathers because view B has ruching neckline. Now for the purple top story...


Because view B has ruching, I decided to make view A, but with the ruching on View B. I used the same fabric length but I had to leave one seam unfinished so I could get the elastic in the gathers to sit correctly on my shoulders.

The skirt is a leftover piece of cord that I bought from dotsnstripes.co.uk. The bias binding was store bought. The reason for the front split was because I didn't have enough fabric to get the front and back cut from one piece but there was some fabric wide enough for part of the front. That's why there's a front leg split. Now to get boots to match. I hope there are some left in the stores when we get to the US.

3 comments:

Sheila said...

Those tops are so perfect for the US temperature and like the gathers as well as the plain front and bummer that it gapped at the center front.

Hurry up to the US... boots are in full throttle and on sale. I just purchased a pair of boots from Nine.West for $29.00, originally $149.00, talk about super sale.

Ok... loooooooooove the skirt... the print is so pretty, the bias detail, perfect. Did I say I love your skirt.

Sharon said...

Great pieces and they are so pretty, not like my basic brown LOL

MushyWear said...

Pretty colors! Hope you find a cool pair of boots for a great price!

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