I leave tomorrow afternoon for the True Woman Conference in Indy. Today I made myself a new outfit to take with me. My in-between clothes are a little on the scant side. By in-between I mean the stuff I wear between flip-flop weather and tights and boots weather. I had some fabric that I was planning to make for fall anyway and decided now was as good a time as any. I had an idea in my head and it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. I do need your opinion on what jacket/sweater to wear – more on that after I show you the outfit!
Grey jersey knit. I used a skirt pattern I’ve had for a couple of years and never used. If you look close you can see the different pieces. This pattern wasn’t really meant for a knit, but I’ve said before that patterns are just suggestions 🙂 I did some altering to make it work for knit.
The top I made using a tank top I had as a pattern. I did the same idea on this dress for the top. This time I actually took the time to draft a pattern first so I have it for next time I want to use it. After cutting out the main pieces I just cut and pinned till I liked the ruffles. Then I added the vintage lace because I thought it needed a little something else. And that lovely bit of bling in the form of a necklace?! I am SO over-the-moon about that! I was so happy to see it appear on my doorstep today! I was hoping it would get here to go with this outfit. But it deserves a post all its own – look for that in a day or 2!
I cut bias pieces of the same fabric to finish off the armhole and neckline. I folded it in half length-wise, encased the raw edge of the sleeve and neck in it, and stitched it on. The edge is raw but I meant for it to be that way. I like raw edges on fabric that won’t ravel. If you didn’t want the raw edge you could turn the raw edges in like seam binding before stitching it on.
Here you can see the raw edge of the neck binding.
Skirt has several pieces, some cut on the bias. I top stitched all but the side seams. Those I pressed open. The hem line I left raw and top stitched about 1/2 inch from the edge.
I am happy with the way the layers ended up looking. The Teenager helped me although she thought I should leave the bottom edge of the top raw. I just liked it better with the 1 inch hem and double top stitching. I reminded her that I am not a teenager when she asked me if I ever looked at fashion magazines!! LOL! I’ve looked at a fashion mag or 2 in my time but to The Teenager I am just so NOT with it!!
Now comes the part where I need your help. I cannot decide what to wear over the top. I love jean jackets – one of my favorite things about fall is getting to wear my jackets again! But when I put it on it seemed a little big. I’m not complaining – having my clothes become too big for me is a problem I dearly love to have! But it does present a sticky situation since I have no time to go shopping for a new jean jacket! I felt like it was totally covering up my ruffles!
The other choice I tried is my trusty black cardi 🙂 Shows a little more of the top but I still wasn’t sure I was totally delighted with it. Maybe just because it isn’t a NEW sweater??
So what do YOU think? I’ve looked through my closet and these are the best two options I could come up with using options I had on hand. So for this weekend anyway it will be one of these. Which is your favorite look? And for the future do you have any suggestions for me for something I could look for to pair with this? I’d love to know what you think!
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