Hello Fabricista’s! I hope that the change of seasons has inspired you to sew lately. I always love the onset of fall since it is my favorite season. Although it is still very hot in Georgia I am hoping that a cool down is just around the corner. For my post this month I was hoping to branch out of my typical silhouette and sew something exciting and different. I wanted to sew a pattern that had interesting details with a fabric that was easy to handle and so I settled on Simplicity 8791 with this bright red seersucker. This top really stands out in my closet since I don’t have anything with sleeves like it. While I can say that it is definitely a deviation from my usual style I am still somewhat undecided about it.
First of all the fit was challenging, I ended up moving the dart around and shortening the length. I also added a snap to the center front to battle the deep gaping. The dart turned out fair but the added snap pulls the front together in a way that the top doesn’t appreciate.
Secondly I could not decide on what to pair it with. I ended up sewing two new skirts to see if it would translate well into my work wardrobe.
This beautiful floral skirt is Pamela’s Favorite Bias Skirt made up in a vintage rayon from my stash. This is a great little pattern. I love a great maxi skirt and this one is loose and comfortable. I really want to make another since they are SO easy to sew up- there’s ONE pattern piece. I am loving florals this fall and have been searching for something perfect to pair with this vintage rayon so this top definitely fits into my formula.
The second skirt is Simplicity 8175 which Marica also recently made. I have had this animal print sateen from Fabric Mart for a while and it makes a great skirt to pair with my new top.
Every now and then I like to try a pattern that is outside of my norm and although I’ve had some difficulty with the fit of this one I’m still happy to put it into my wardrobe rotation. I hope your sewing is as challenging and fun as mine sometimes is and I hope that if you venture out of your normal wheel house that you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful garment.