30 May 2009

...6...

Here is another version of Simplicity 4599. I made this skirt last year at the end of the summer and up until now I neither wore it nor posted about it. So, it was past due to introduce this garment to the world!

Originally, I had planned on making BWOF 4/07 - 104 (the line drawing can be seen to the right), but when I made a muslin of this skirt, it was obvious that it was not going to happen. The front and back are cut from the same pattern piece, which is laid on the the fabric with the fold at centre front and centre back. This puts the bias portion of the fabric at the side seams. This is not a good thing. When the skirt is sewn up, most of the fabric hangs right at the side of the body, over the hip. Now, if you have small hips and need a multitude of bulk there, then this is the pattern for you. If, however, you are like me and nature has already provided ample padding in that area, run away from this pattern or risk looking like a pommel horse. So, out came Simplicity 4599 and I never looked back.

The top (BWOF 5/08 - 103) however, was a new pattern for me and it required a few small tweaks. Like many of the other seamstresses that have made this top, I extended the front at the hem so my stomach would be covered and I raised the neckline - both alterations make this a work friendly top. I got several comments on this top when I wore it to school - the "bow" on the front elevates this top from plain old T-shirt to something a bit more interesting and sophisticated.

The skirt fabric, a medium weight cotton pique, was purchased from Sawyer Brook and the wide-ribbed knit top fabric is from Fabric Mart.

So, here I am, heading out the door for another long day in the trenches. Thankfully, the last day of classes is June 16th. Final exams start on June 17th and my marks are due June 23rd. Graduation is June 24th and my last day of work is June 26th. Then it's 9.5 weeks of work free bliss...ahh...

13 comments:

verobirdie said...

Beautiful suit!

Tany said...

Gorgeous looking outfit! That shade of blue suits you very well!

Kristine said...

Love the outfit, turquoise just screams "Summertime!!!" (to me, at least...)
Looking forward to my last day June 12, too. Just curious, are you anywhere near Windsor? I'm about an hour North of Detroit.

pendlestitches said...

I'm loving the variations of this skirt. Gorgeous.

And I tagged you on my blog.
x

Claire S. said...

Beautiful outfit - I love turquoise this year !

Sue said...

The outfit is great and the Burda top is one of the nicest I have seen of this design. Makes me want to make it too - except it is the first day of Winter today!

Maggie said...

Love the color and those patterns on you... Sandra B. did a whole thing on bias skirts in one of her books showing how the different grain cuts would fall. I know you made a couple of pairs of pants recently, but you didn't post the pics of you in them did you? Actually, skirts and dresses are so flattering on you, why should you wear pants at all except to keep warm in the winter? Great gams girl!!!
Marguerite
PS I'm noticing the nails and toes too.

Carol said...

Blue is great on you!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Another wonderful outfit! I love that you have gotten so many beautiful skirts from that pattern!!!

kiltsnquilts said...

Great outfit! Can you explain or show where the grainline falls on your skirt? Is it a bias cut skirt on a yoke? It is really flattering and I know exactly what you mean about the A-line skirts that are cut with the straight grain on the centre front and back.

Summerset said...

Love, love, love this for summer! Yes, I will run from that BWOF pattern, as fast as my wide hips will allow!

Good luck on finishing up! This is a tough time of year as it seems everyone, including the teachers, checks out early.

Sigrid said...

Just catching up reading and seeing all your lovely variations. Wonderful to see the things you did with a tnt pattern. So different and you look wonderful in all.

Cennetta said...

Great summer outfit and nail polish to match.