weird, but true story of how bloggers know me better than anyone:
i was describing a make – really, any make, but it might have been this one – to clio, whose only answer was, “i pretty much imagine you have an entire closet of UFOs and every day you just say to yourself, ‘what do i want to finish today’?”
so yeah, this one happened kind of like that. only it’s really more like a series of file cabinets, because that is how i roll.
so simplicity 1873 is officially my go-to skirt pattern these days. i really just love everything about it: the drafting, the pleats, the ease of construction and its appeal in a wide range of fabrics. in this version i’ve finished the hem with horsehair braid using a method from lynda maynards dressmaker’s handbook of couture sewing techniques. it’s quick, clean, easy and gives a nice flourish to the lizzy house quilting cotton.
oh, what’s that you say? you recognize that cotton? yes, i finally finished the bottom half of my two-piece summer dress. i’m really happy with the overall product, although my trusty simplicity 1803 peek-a-boob needs a bit of tweaking for a cleaner fit on that front yoke. any suggestions? i worry that taking in that yoke at the center front will constrain my shoulder movement, and it fits nicely across the bodice itself.
no waistband on the skirt; just a wide piece of polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon (poly grosgrain, alas, not real grosgrain) as a finish. sometimes i get lazy and a ribbon makes a clean finish without totally cheating.
i love that i can wear the pieces together or as separates for two distinct looks.
only clearly i need more variety on the cardi front!