Jacket: Loes Hinse Bolero (view A)
Skirt: Loes Hinse Tango (view A)
Pants: Loes Hinse Hepburn Pant (view A)
Top: Vogue 8495 (view A).
Size: Jacket & Skirt - size XS; Pants - size S; Top - size 8
All fabrics from Fabric Mart
Jacket - Tan/mineral blue silk/rayon tweed
Skirt - Tan Triacetate/polyester herringbone weave
Pants - Mineral blue silk/linen
Top - Mineral blue/tan/gold silk charmeuse.
Comments: I decided to participate in the August Wardrobe in a Week (WiaW) adventure on Stitcher's Guild. The goal is to make four pieces of coordinating clothing during a one week time span.
The unlined jacket, skirt and pants were all made with TNT Loes Hinse patterns. These babies literally fly off the sewing machine. They are quick and painless, yet they easily fit into a sophisticated professional wardrobe. When I need a quick outfit, these are the patterns I know I can count on.
The top is V8495. I fell in love with the drawing of view A on the envelope cover. Although I am not normally a fan of top that has this big of a maternity vibe, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it. So, I started by making a wearable muslin of some medium weight linen. From the muslin, I was easily able to see that this top has a definite "is she preggo?" vibe. But, I figured that most of this vibe was the fault of the stiffish linen fabric. I figured the soft, flowy silk charmeuse would be a better pairing with this pattern and the maternity feel would be overcome. Um, yeah - ladies, always listen to that little voice inside. It speaks the cold, hard truth. Although the silk version is less "baby on board" than the linen version, it is still far more "bun in the oven" than I am comfortable sporting. I will always be wearing this top with a fitted jacket over top, just like in the project photo above.
Conclusion: Well, I give this project a 3.5 out of 4. Jacket - good; skirt - good; pants - good; top - meh.