A quick update
- I have a plan to produce a wardrobe of 11 items of hand made co-ordinated clothes by 30 April
- I recklessly decided to introduce a new pattern and idea last weekend
- this involves tackling a pattern I have never tried before with 47 separate pattern pieces. In the wrong size, and with no patten markings
- despite two commentators (Helen and Lyn) reminding me of how hateful a vest joined to a skirt really is, I decided to try a camisole with skirt joined to it
- I wanted the camisole to be colourful rather than plain so that I could possibly wear it without the overblouse. If it doesn’t work it is no worse than a colourful petticoat
So I have decided to include the Nina Ricci suit in my SWAP. But the skirt, overblouse and jacket are three items – one more than I need. What shall I drop? I will have to give this some thought.
I will start with making the skirt and camisole because this is a straight substitute for the charcoal “skirt” that I had not yet identified. The decision on overblouse or jacket can wait.
I made up the camisole in silk crepe and left the shoulders open so I could lay it flat
I used a set square, a washable felt-tip and some white gutta to mark out 2″ squares on the fabric
I painted it in a nice range of colours but they bled quite badly. I found the same thing before when I used this technique, and although it bothered me when I made it, I actually love wearing it and don’t mind that the colours have mingled.
I painted it on the reverse side as I had previous experience of the darts wicking the colours across the squares. This helped a little, but you can see the bleeding on the picture.
The skirt part on the make was plain sailing. Two backs, one front and two pockets. No pesky waistband. I cut the front pockets with the skirt front, and attatched them to the back. The skirt is virtually the same style as my other SWAP skirt but a three gored rather than four. The two back pieces wrap around with no side seam, and the darting is in the two front seams that feature the pockets. Excellent, elegant design. Esme and I argued about the colour of the cloth. I had been convinced since I bought it at Simply Fabrics that it was charcoal, with a bluish hue. Esme said “It’s navy”. Well that came as a surprise, but it probably is. Is it possible that colour vision fades a little with age? This is not the first time I have been unsure of what I have been buying. Anyway navy or dark grey, it’s really, really nice wool crepe. Bouncy, a little bit stretchy, easy to sew, dense but not heavy.
Having made up the skirt I lined the camisole in the same silk crepe and basted the skirt-without-a-waistband to it. The shape and style will work I think, but the colours are not quite right. I think I will touch up some of the grey ones to make it a bit deeper and to bring the skirt and top together.
I have yet to line and hem the skirt, and insert the zip. Then I will do the overblouse. Or maybe the jacket.