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So my black linen skirt is hanging in my bedroom doorway, waiting for the bias to stretch out. It’s so tempting to sew another one right away, it looks so nice! I have red wool and a kashi lining sitting in one of my bins that would be PERFECT for a winter skirt. Too bad it doesn’t get that cold here. Mostly just dark and rainy, like today. It’s so dark again that taking pictures just wouldn’t work.

I have some light grey linen, but it’s really not a colour I like to wear. Perhaps I should pick up an iDye packet (or two) this week, and make it into a dark purple?

Teal, rust, eggplant, chocolate, gold... and where's the black or charcoal?

Teal, rust, eggplant, chocolate, gold... and where's the black or charcoal?

This happens to be the colour palette I prefer – jewel tones for winter, and brights for summer. As I make and purchase more clothing that fits the scheme, I hope to make PolyVore outfits and wardrobe plans in the style of The Vivienne Files. So cool. I put my wardrobe into PolyVore a couple weeks ago, and it’s mostly black. Kind of depressing to look at in a picture that way, but really practical and easy to wear!

I should go sew up my trouser block now.. maybe some music would help motivate me!

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Making of a Skirt II

So finally, in between¬† studying, spring cleaning my apartment, and testing a trouser block, I have made up my half circle skirt.¬† The yoke came together brilliantly, but I think I took it in a little too much. We’ll see once I get the zipper in place – I might need to switch out the planned centred zipper for an exposed one.

Casey of Elegant Musings posted a lovely 1-seam half circle skirt. Amazed by the brilliance, I decided to make mine 1-seam as well.

I had a black linen blend in my stash, and my skirt is unlined. The yoke is reinforced with tape at the very top, to prevent stretching, it’s flatlined, and then lined with my muslin fabric – a seafoam broadcloth.

Now all that needs to happen is for the bias to stretch out, a zipper, and a hem! Oh, and a sunny day so I can take pictures of the black skirt. I can hardly wait!

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Making of a Skirt

So although I’d love to make a dress, at this time I think more separates will be more useful in my wardrobe. Dresses need to be washed after each wear (I have an active job in a warm environment), while skirts can be worn a couple time.

Recently I tried a half circle skirt on at a thrift store. It had a yoked waist that was about 3.5″ deep, and it looked pretty amazing when worn with a soft t-shirt tucked into it. The problem(s)? It was a double faced wool in beige and sage green plaid. Not my colours, and because the fabric was so stiff, it didn’t drape well over my hips. The solution? I’m making my own.

The yoke has been drafted. YAY! I’ve even traced it onto card, so I can use it as a base for more yokes. I’m so proud of myself. Next up is drafting the skirt portion, which honestly might be the easiest skirt draft ever. 1/4 circle for the front, and 1/4 circle for the back. CB hem about 1.5″ longer than the front.

Ok. Now to get up and do it!

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So that happened…

AKA: Blank Canvas Tee

So first of all, one of my cats (rescued in April) has a problem with fabric laying about, and he, umm, almost destroyed my green skirt. I still have hopes for saving the fabric, so I might revisit it at some point. Otherwise, I might make up a wool version of the skirt with a rayon lining. Or something else entirely. I tend to be very distractable when it comes to sewing.

Then finals happened, and Christmas. I finally got around to finishing the testing of the Blank Canvas Tee pattern. According to my measurements, I’m a 45V. So lets see how that went…

Blank Canvas Front 45V

Blank Canvas Front 45V

The pattern went together well, and the step-by-step instructions were perfect. I used a lavender-grey bamboo knit for the shirt, and some random cotton-lycra knit for the trim.

Blank Canvas Back

Blank Canvas Back

I have noted on the images what I’ve done, and what I’m pretty sure I need to do in the future. I will be drawing a straight line from my shoulder point to the sleeve hem for future versions, and possibly lengthening by 2″ so I can have the current length and enough for a hem. I’m also considering making the neckline smaller, so it doesn’t slide off my shoulders. IDK though. This is a lovely breezy style for summer, just as Steph intended.

Blank Canvas Tee Front

Blank Canvas Tee Front

One thing I did differently (because I couldn’t find my light fusible interfacing!) was to add a band to the sleeves as I did on the neck. I didn’t stretch the band for the sleeves, however, which was a HUGE mistake. If I had removed 1″ and stretched the bands when applying them, the sleeves would look much better. Unfortunately, they’re sewn, zig-zagged and top-stitched, so this version will be a PJ top.

Blank Canvas Tee Back

Blank Canvas Tee Back

Blank Canvas Tee Side

Blank Canvas Tee Side

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