Lately, all I want to make is outerwear (though really, isn’t everything except underwear outerwear?).
Though I easily permit myself benders of neverending party dresses, I’ve been having a hard time accepting the desire to stitch coats and jackets and blazers. Usually around this time of year, I’m making warm weather dresses, and lamenting the fact that I HAVE NOTHING APPROPRIATE TO WEAR.
This is my third topper in the new year, and I fought it all the way. The great stripey yardage stared at me acusingly until I zigzagged and fringed the length, intending it as a winter wrap. Which, come on. WAY TO SEW OONA. Not that there’s anything wrong with making up a scarf, but those stripes were positively sticking out their collective tongue at me. Taunting me. Inviting me to the school yard at 3 o’clock.
I accepted the challenge, and was almost sent home with a bruised ego. Especially on the sleeves, which I set a full six times. A millimeter off made my eye twitch like I was getting sucker punched.
There are a lot of markings on this vintage Butterick pattern (I’ll need to dig it back out to find the number, went through a kamikaze cleaning on Superbowl Sunday). You’re required to ease the armysce of both the sleeve and the bodice at different points, and since I interfaced the whole shebang with some crazy pink fusible stuff in my stash, I couldn’t see the stripes whilst pinning.
AND THERE ARE A LOT OF STRIPES TO SEE.
I chose to line her up with this Caroline Herrera bird silk twill. CRAZY BIRDS! I had visions of a maxi skirt for this, but in my opinion the fabric is actually much lighter in weight than the description suggests. Still, a beautiful fabric, but the twill aspect really doesn’t give it the body I would think of. Once I accepted that, I realized I could, for once, have a fun lining– I NEVER prepare for linings, I usually grab some cheap poly mystery fabric.
Is it weird that silk birds make me feel classy?
I think they might be pigeons. Does that affect your opinion?