Tall order border – McCalls 2113

This fabric was interesting to look at and I haven’t sewn a garment with a border print in years so I bought this earlier in the year at a Tessuti’s sale. The pattern is no longer available although I’ve used this dress for dress/jacket work outfit. It’s a simple style with bust darts and waistline darts so while I have a slight waist, I’ll try to use it. With an invisible zip, this dress is easy to make.

I decided to use the border at the top of the dress, after playing with it on the dummy (not me this time). There were a few bits of border fabric left so I added these bits to the sleeves for a bit of balance. There’s no lining because the fabric is very light-weight. I would line the dress if the fabric was medium-weight and scratchie.

Kimono belt

This outfit now has its own kimono style belt. With a bit of research I’ve grabbed some fabric from the stash and created a waist. I’ve handsewn the facing so now you can see the v-neckline.

Project runway for Christmas – McCalls 9356 and Butterick 3386.

Every year, I try to make something that fits the Christmas party theme for my husband’s work do. This year is the last year at his current workplace because he’s moving on next March. The party is on Saturday night and it’s always a big event.
This year’s theme is oriental and as much as I would like to have worn a fitted slim-line dress, I have too many curves to ‘make it work.’ So I chose a two-piece outfit in a non-traditional colour. I’ve made the top and skirt before so the main challenge was sewing this up fast enough before the fabric frayed away. It’s rayon and I bought it from my favourite place, Pitt Trading at San Souci on Thusday night for $10/metre.
My plan was to sew this yesterday but life got in the way – shopping, buying zippers and then last minute family requests just stole my day. I cut the skirt right front the wrong way so I also drove back to Pitt Trading and bought another metre. By the time I got to sit down it was 9pm, so Saturday came and went quickly.
This morning I woke up and went for a 30km bike ride to get rid of my excess energy and after breakfast I got into it. So what you see is a very overlocked outfit sewn today. I’ll play with it during the week just to get the fit right. The last time I made this skirt up was five years ago and I took some bulk out of the tummy area. I didn’t use the extra metre so I might try another top, just for fun.