Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who selected patterns during the giveaway on my last blog post. I'm very happy all of my patterns found good homes and hopefully I can see some of those patterns made up on your blogs (that is, if you have a blog!)
I'm going on vacation very soon and have been selecting items I want to make to go along with me. Today's post is about one of those outfits. I've never owned an entire linen outfit and since I will be going to the Caribbean, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create an entire outfit in linen! I recently had taken a few classes in draping and patternmaking, so I decided to put my newly gained skills to the test and create a top. The inspiration for this top started with a RTW vest I purchased and never wore because I didn't really like the shape of it; but loved the fabric! I designed this top based around the fabric of that vest.
Below is a copy of the paper pattern pieces I created after draping muslin fabric on Ms. Thing (My dress form)...
Next, because I wasn't sure of my fit, I decided to make a muslin first. (Ya'll know I hate making muslins, but it had to be done!!).
|My muslin (sorry no makeup!!)|
But I nailed the fit the first time!! (even I can't believe that and I did it!) This is definitely going to be a wearable muslin! So now, onto the real thing!! BTW...the leggings I'm wearing I made using neoprene fabric I purchased from Mood Fabrics but never blogged about them. Extremely comfortable and quick to make!
The ombre salmon colored lace is from the original RTW vest I mentioned earlier. I decided to incorporate it with the linen since it was the original inspiration for the top. It's a combination of mesh and lace. The linen I purchased from Pennie Fabrics (now my favorite fabric store!) and is a cream colored Italian stretch linen...and believe me when I say, it's sews beautifully! I absolutely love how it turned out and can't wait to wear it!
I have to give credit to the lovely Andrea from Satin Bird Designs! She and I were shopping together and both purchased the same fabric and we both planned on making linen drawstring pants from our purchases. I washed and dried my fabric in preparation for making the pants. However, it took me a few weeks before I got back to it and unfortunately realized I didn't have enough to make my pants! I don't know if it was because it shrank that much or if I just didn't get enough (I know it was me!). I called Pennie Fabric to order more and NOOOOO, they were sold out!!
I mentioned to Andrea she should definitely pre-washed her fabric before starting the pants just to make sure she had enough. Then a few days later what do you know…I receive a gift in the mail and it's Andrea's purchase of her stretch linen! This woman is so selfless beyond belief! Her portion was not only enough to make my linen drawstring pants, but enough for my vision of the top above! Thank you so much Ms. Andrea, I love you!
Now for the pants to go with this top. I used Simplicity Pattern 3796 to create these drawstring pants! I believe the pattern is now out of print but can be purchased on Etsy (I provided a link above). I first made a Muslim which turned out pretty good after my adjustments. Unfortunately, in my haste to make these drawstring pants I neglected to transfer my short waist adjustments from the muslin to the paper pattern pieces! So of course now my crotch line is a little too long! Oh well it's going to be underneath the top so it won't matter, the fit is still good! (and if needed, I can do the "old school" waistband roll down, right Andrea, LOL!)
I am so very pleased with the turnout of this outfit, especially since this beautiful top was created in my mind and brought to fruition by little old me! I can't wait to go on vacation so I can wear it...
Again, thank you all so very much for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me! I can't tell you how much it's appreciated!
LET'S GO SEW!