I definitely think I need a haircut LOL! My stylist/photographer told me to use the cane since the rock stairs are right behind me and that worried him.
For this initial pair of pants, based on my measurements I traced the XS, but I sliced it down the grain line and added 1/2" because I thought I needed a bit more ease, based on the ease in my favorite pair. Lesson learned -- Didn't need to do that. For this revised pattern, I should cut the XS as is and use the ease Louise recommends for body measurements. I also think I marked my waist too high and went up to the size small based on that crotch measurement, which I didn't need to do.
I used a 100% rayon from the Vera Wang Lavender line of fabrics that Fabric.com sold a year or so ago. Lesson learned: Make sure your elastic is tight enough for the weight of your fabric. I could have cut the elastic shorter for these pants.
Here's a photo of the fabric - it does have some cross-grain stretch. I did not wash this prior to sewing. I'll wash a sample and see how it behaves -- if I added too much ease, washing in cool water might adjust it, otherwise I'll just dry-clean it. Sunday I got as far as inserting the elastic after hemming but I was tired and didn't want to make mistakes sewing the straight lines on the casing so I stopped for the day.
|Vera Lavender salt & pepper rayon suiting|
Styling an Eileen Fisher cardigan wrap
I found this gorgeous Eileen Fisher cashmere cardigan on e-Bay last summer. I paid less than $50 for it and couldn't believe the heavy multiple ply cashmere when I got it. I sure didn't realize how wide and heavy the collar was -- it's 10 1/4 inches . The cardigan is 31" long and will be very toasty this fall/winter.
When I put it on, I wasn't sure if I liked it the way it was. I've thought about removing the wide collar and replacing it with a narrower complementary tweed or faux fur collar, or nothing at all. The amazing collar is wide and long enough to make an infinity scarf/cowl and some armwarmers (fingerless gloves) out of it.
I've styled the collar folded under, belted and then a bit asymmetric folded over the belt. Here are some photos - click to enlarge for detail.
I would love an infinity cowl and the armwarmers out of that cashmere, (check out the $350 cashmere ones in Donna Karan's Casual Luxe collection at Neiman Marcus that inspired me) but my inclination is to leave it alone and wear/style it in some interesting ways. I'm still going to have to make those accessories with some ribbed knit I have in the stash. I think some expresso brown ribbed armwarmers and an infinity cowl would look great with this. What do you think?