Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Outfit Was A Killer!

Hello Everyone! 
OK!  You wonna here it? Here it go. . .

I was at Vogue Fabrics last week (the outlet store in Lansing, IL).  I had a little money to spend and some time to kill so I went in for my weekly visit to see if anything (meaning fabric rolls) would call my name. I heard four fabrics chanting Carol Carol Carol.  One fabric was all black, 2-way stretch with sort of a waffle weave, the other is charcoal grey cotton knit with a 1/8" thick rib.

The other two got picked for this project and here they are:

Pretty fabric from Hell!

Very pretty pink and the detail is shiny!

I ended up making three garments - A shirt, skirt and Bolero jacket.  My hubby and I will be taking a trip and I need some clothes.  (What woman doesn't.)  I'm not sure where this outfit idea came from but it's here now and there is no turning back.  So here I go with the reviews!

This fabric cut nicely. It was a bit cumbersome to fold and get the patterns matched but it worked out in the end.  It had sooooo many tiny holes and was loosely woven. (one big hole was put there on purpose!)  I could just scream!  When I was picking it out, I was in a full blown "Fabric Tranz" and there was nobody there to snap me out of it!  I'm soooo glad I only purchased 1.25 yards so when this shirt was done I tossed the rest. If I ever. . .

No alterations made to the original pattern but I wish I had moved up the center hole.  SIKE!!!
 The Shirt - McCalls 6326 



 I luv it! It's so SEXY!  This shirt would normally take me about an hour and some change to finish but did I mention I pulled an all nighter casue the fabric gave me the flux!!! (I'm being nice!)
This is view C and  I cut the 18.  This shirt fits like a glove and I guess maybe later I'll post a pic of me wearing it by the beach or in the sun but for now you get the dummy lady.

This pattern was very easy. The instructions were good and it's a great result!  Pay attention to the "twist" in the instructions.  If you miss this you won't be able to put  the top on .  It's great for a beginner but make sure you pick a "simple" knit.  Knits can be tricky when they have a texture. Because of my "large girls" I added 1/4" elastic/casing to the upper back and I used a knit tape in the seams to stop stretching and rippling. The bottom edge is unfinished.

fusi knit tape serged in the seams.

The Skirt - Butterick 5466
I wanted a easy pencil skirt that POPed! I picked this pink and it's very nice!  Matte jersey with a shiny print detail. I "exposed" the zipper too. This pattern is very easy great for all levels. Comes in 5 styles.



The Bolero
Since it's getting a little cool here in the Chi. and I had extra fabric, I made this Bolero Jacket. It's one of my favorite patterns and is available online.  It is currently discontinued so google it.  I've made all the styles several times.  This is my first time posting about it. I guess there is a first time for everything. Below is view C without the tie.

Look! No BLING added! I like BLING.

Here is the final look and (of course) Shoes!

 This was a long post! Whew!  Thanks for reading!

Talk Soon Carol


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