This outfit was a bit of a trouble maker! I had decided on a particular skirt in a particular fabric right at the very beginning of this adventure, only to have it turn out unwearable because the stripes strobe and give me a blaring headache. As luck would have it, the search for a replacement skirt that would also fit into my summer capsule wardrobe brought me to a pattern I had traced last year and forgotten about. So here it is:
The skirt is stretch drill I bought several years ago. I had about a million metres of it and recently used some for a little 'off plan' sewing so it was sitting out and I noticed that it was the right colour for my summer wardrobe. It was that fabric decision that brought me to the pattern, Burda 05/2012 118.
I didn't make the skirt quite as short as the pattern, and I left off the back welt pockets.
I love the a-line shape from the back and pleated fullness at the front. Since making Darron's trousers I've become far more comfortable sewing a zip fly. It's lovely to be able to ignore the exceptionally vague Burda instructions and just do it. The pattern has buttons on the inside of the wide waistband, but I prefer the buttons on the outside, so I used a pair of jeans buttons instead.
The plain white tee is the Elise Tee from Fine Motor Skills. A great freebie pattern with relaxed versatile style.
With a wide scoop neckline and capped shoulders it sits just right for me, it shows enough skin without having to be hauled back onto my shoulders every five minutes.
I like how it works tucked or untucked. The scooped he line is a great finishing touch and one of my favourite design features for tops at the moment. I think I'll make a few more of these in different colours. I'd love one in a stretchy sequinned fabric too, because sparkles!
So that's my December! The skirt has become my Green December project too. I had planned to make a green swimsuit but my injury set all my December projects back a couple of weeks so there will be a couple of swimmers coming up in January!