So we have arrived at the final week of Project Sewn, which means I’m up! Can anyone believe how fast this has gone by?! I’m hoping that everyone had as much fun as Bitty and I did with this!
So this week we’re going from one extreme (Bitty’s neon pink Staple dress) to the other (the most boring *ahem* I mean classic colour palette ever!). The theme of the week was Personal Style and I have to say I struggled with this one. I’m not sure I have a personal style! Certainly nothing as decisive as what the other participants of Project Sewn are displaying! If I had to describe me in a word it might even be slob! OK. Nothing so extreme but casual for sure. I work in a lab. I spend much of my free time out participating in various sports or at home sewing or knitting. Comfort works for all of this. It’s a rare day that jeans don’t see the light of my day! And paired with that is either a T-shirt (on those slob days) or a blouse. Since I did not have the time to make a pair of jeans this week, I opted for a denim skirt. Keeping in line with my comfort mandate, I went with the delightful Miette wrap skirt from Tilly (of tilly and the buttons or the British Sewing Bee fame)! As you can clearly see, I even went so far as to pair this with Tilly’s Mathilde blouse!
So let’s start with the skirt shall we. In a word? Awesome! Seriously! Go make one! This baby came together in about three hours and most of that time was spent awkwardly kneeling on my arthritic knees trying to cut the giant pattern pieces out! Time for a work table! You reading this, Brother? Enough said. I opted for a lightweight denim so that it would have a little drape and I think it worked well. Honestly, not too much else to say about this one. A simple and clever design (no awkward flashing in the wrap skirt) that was a delight to sew. Perfect for any beginner, especially with the step-by-step instructions provided on Tilly’s blog.
Moving onto the Mathilde blouse. I have been itching to make this one since Tilly first debuted it on her blog as this blouse definitely fits into my personal style! While I did have big plans to make this in something a little more interesting than white voile, time ran a bit short so what was meant to be a wearable muslin is making an appearance! Another great pattern! It’s simple and while I really love the pleats I can also imagine many future variations on this one! The voile I used was quite sheer so I underlined both the front and back pieces (did not bother with the sleeves). There are different ways you could do this but I was lazy so when I finished making the pleats on a single layer, I traced it to make the underlining piece. I then sewed the bust darts into both front pieces and then basted them together and treated them as one from this point on. I also removed quite a bit of volume from the sleeves (a full 6 inches per sleeve) and could see myself taking these in even more the next time I make this. Next time I would also lengthen the blouse a bit and will add some waist shaping as I will rarely wear this tucked in!
And that about sums it up! I also started making a bag to pair with this but ran out of time. I do have a lovely collection of Birdie Sling bags though so I pulled out my favourite (made with some Liberty of London poplin in Zain)!
And putting on a little show for the MANY people enjoying the crazy heat and sunshine on rooftop garden at work (does anyone else feel like a fool when they are having their picture taken?)!
Now go and check out some of the other very awesome submissions and should you feel so inclined, come back and vote tomorrow!