Black and White is Always Right!

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pants

 

A black and white outfit is always très hip. You get pieces that can be worn together or separate.  That’s the perfect way to add to your wardrobe. Especially when using seasonless fabrics.

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pants

 

When searching for seasonless fabrics, I look for comfort. I also look for fabrics that will keep you comfortable in the warm months and can also be layered in the cool months.

Modified New Look Pattern 6461 by Erica Bunker made in a ponte knit 302398 from Mood Fabrics.com

For my top, I used this gorgeous Black Sleek Viscose Ponte Knit. I love the weight of it.  It works for this top and it would also work for a body con style dress.  The weight of this knit would hold in and smooth everything out. It would also make a great pair of ponte knit pants.

Modified New Look Pattern 6461

 

For my top, I used New Look Pattern 6461.  It’s an extremely simple pattern, just the front and the back.  The front has horizontal bust darts.  I cut view C, in the size 12. I added 3 inches to the length because I didn’t want my top cropped.  I modified the top by finishing off the seams and hems with seam binding.  After sewing the front and back together at the shoulders, I left the sides open.

Modified New Look Pattern 6461

 

I added eyelets to each side for lacing details.

Modified New Look Pattern 6461And I laced up the top with rope and DIY tassels made from crochet thread.

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pants

 

I didn’t much care for the pants in New Look 6461. The elastic waistband simply wasn’t polished enough for my beautiful Italian Ivory Lightweight Stretch Suiting.  I went with New Look Pattern 6459.

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pantsI love how tailored this pattern is.  I cut the size 16, and made them straight out of the envelope.  I find that I typically need to size up in New Look Patterns because they run significantly slimmer.  Like junior’s RTW sizing.

New Look 6459 Pocket DetailEven though this fabric is opaque, it’s still white.  And with most white pants, you’re plagued by pocket show-through.  I don’t like that, so I omitted mine (at the last minute) and just stitched up the pocket openings.

New Look 6459 Zipper Detail

 

The pants have a back invisible zipper.

New Look 6459 Zipper Detail

 

And I always add strips of 1 inch interfacing to my zipper area to stabilize.

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pantsI’m pretty happy with the way these turned out. The fabric with its 4-way stretch is really comfortable wear and looks really luxurious at the same time.  I would love to have an entire suit out of this.

Mood Sewing Network - Erica Bunker's Black and White Ensemble Using New Look Pattern 6461 for the top and New Look Pattern 6459 for the pantsThese are two great pieces made from two extraordinary cuts of fabric that make great additions to my closet! I’m sure I’ll get plenty of wear out of these.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments


  • Manju
    June 20, 2016

    In love with this outfit! Just perfectly done.

  • Amanda S.
    June 20, 2016

    Great outfit. I LOVE the side lacing and DIY tassels, all beautifully constructed.

  • Ann T.
    June 20, 2016

    Very nice, and I especially like the lace-ups on the top. It is simple, elegant and a little bit sexy.

  • Fiona
    June 25, 2016

    Great outfit! Love the shape of those trousers and the fabric looks like the perfect choice for that top. Very creative

  • LoisAnn
    June 29, 2016

    If I were you I’d never take this off. Gorgeous!

  • Cissie
    June 29, 2016

    That lacing is just too fabulous. Really elevates a plain, basic top!