Hello, Hello! Today I am sharing with you a color-blocked, slightly sparkly, zip-backed sweatshirt and an aubergine wool mini skirt. The sweatshirt is, you guessed it, a Grainline Linden and the mini skirt is the Rachel Comey Vogue 1247.
The sweatshirt’s medallion patterned body panels are a mystery-fiber sweater knit with a bit of metallic gold running through it that I had bought ages ago, along with the zipper I used for this too, thinking I’d make a skirt of some kind with an exposed zip. I am glad I never actually made it into as skirt though, and used the fabric for this instead. I wanted to color-block the sleeves and neckband with black terry knit to tone-down the patterned fabric. I underlined the body panels in some leftover thin black knit because the metallic gold was a tad itchy on the inside. I did lengthen the body and sleeve sections of the pattern so I could leave off the cuffs and just turn under the hem. I finished the inside bottom hem of the body pieces using some gold bias tape. I used the tutorial Katy wrote on adding an exposed zipper to the back of a top as a reference when including the one on the back of this sweatshirt.
The eagle-eye readers among you may have caught that I am wearing my chiffon archer shirt under the sweatshirt – hooray for butt ruffles!
I made this skirt as a wearable muslin to test the pattern before I cut into some exciting woven striped fabric you can expect to see on here soon. I don’t muslin every pattern, but when I do I try and make a wearable muslin from a fabric I’m less invested in so I at least have something to show for my efforts. Even though it’s a simple silhouette and a straight-forward pattern, I wanted to muslin as I was grading between sizes from the waist to the hip. I am glad I did because this would have been one very mini skirt straight from the paper – it said it included a 2″ hem allowance, but I only turned the hem up 1/2″ and still feel it’s a bit short for me!
The aubergine wool is from Grey’s Fabric. I adore this color (as evidenced by my shoes) and love the weight of this wool, but was just a tiny bit left at the shop so it was perfect to use for this skirt – I only needed 1 yd of 60″ wide fabric! For lining I used the leftover awesome greenish-gold stuff Katy used to line her wool kielo dress. I also used gold bias tape to hem the bottom of the skirt. One can never have enough gold bias tape!
Skirt: V1247 Pattern, 1 yd Aubergine Wool, Thread, Invisible Zipper, Gold Bias, Katy’s Leftover Lining, 1 slide hook
I wanted to mention, in case you hadn’t heard yet, that Norma of Orange Lingerie, bra-making guru and creator of the Marlborough Bra Pattern, will be teaching a weekend Bra-Making Workshop at Grey’s Fabric and Notions on April 25th and 26th – who better to learn from than the pattern-master herself? I’ll be working at the shop, so I sadly won’t be making bras, but will definitely be there. If you are in town but unable to attend the workshop, you can still stop in for the cocktail party at Grey’s the evening of Saturday the 25th!