I've been spending the cold winter days when you can't, or don't want to go out, sewing coordinates, adding to those I sewed in the fall but didn't get around to documenting. I plan and measure and compare and try on and measure again so I have few, if any failures, and who wants to read about those anyway? I let my garments try on and "wear" fabrics that I think will work with them. Here's a photo of how I do that on Flickr showing a knit and a colored stretch lace that I thought would work over these and other colors. It's a good way to decide what to make out of the fabric instead of just folding it up and putting it on a shelf after you get it.
In addition to these coordinates, I restyled several garments, and made several skirts and coordinating tops using the CLD Relax a Little skirt pattern and other top patterns. I'll do a separate blog post for those.
Here is a sweater coat in brown and pinks using Loes Hinse Sweater Coat pattern (I always modify the collar size and length). This time I used the selvedges along all hemmed edges - including pockets and sleeves. It looks great over my pink/beige Liberty jacket and Plaza pants, and with the dark chocolate brown tapered pant I'm wearing from Cutting Line Design's My Swing Set pattern. I sewed pale pink petersham along the front plackets to stabilize the large buttons and snaps underneath.
|This top is Cutting Line Designs latest pattern, Simplify Your Life, worn over the MSS tapered pant. I used a coordinating fabric for the facings. I'll wear this in the spring.|
This is The Sewing Workshop's Cortona Shirt in the same fabric as the top above, worn over one of the LH tanks and a skirt in a textured knit/stretch lace fabric. I like the darts and shape, esp the peplum that is formed at the back. It's a great layering piece and works as a jacket or shirt.
I used the knit selvedge as a ruffle trim along the edge of this bias skirt that is my adaptation of an old Burda Style pattern. I made a Eureka top out of the same fabric, cut the hems along the selvedge and used the back/stretch lace side for the contrast bindings. Here it is over the Loes Hinse Tank dress. I think I lengthened this top that looks great belted as well.