Separates are so necessary in building my home sewn wardrobe. They’re interchangeable and can be rotated throughout so many looks. Plus, I’m always needing to add more tops that I can grab and through on that are low maintenance.
For my top, I used Kwik Sew 3555. It’s such an amazing basic pattern with endless possibilities.
I used Ivory and Black Abstract Printed Polyester Crepe. This fabric sews and presses well. It does fray though.I cut the size medium and made a one inch FBA and added bust darts. I didn’t add waist darts because I knew that I wanted this shirt to have a blousey fit.For the collar, collar stand, cuffs and pocket facing, I used Off-White Weft Fusible Interfacing, which has become my favorite.I love that this shirt has yoke. You don’t find that element in most of the women’s shirt patterns.I forgot to mention that I also added an inch to the length. So the shirt not only is long enough to stay tucked in, but it looks great untucked as well.My pants are Simplicity 8749. I cut the size 16, and added 2″ to the length. I also added 1/2″ to the crotch curve.I used Black Stretch Faux Suede Backed Faux Leather. I used my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex Sharp needle for sewing. You don’t necessarily need to finish the seams with a serger because the fabric does not fray. I decided to go with a metal jean zipper.This fabric sews well. It was easy sewing tight areas such as this cute little cut out ‘V’ at the center back of the waistband. And it also presses well. Of course, you need to have the iron set to a low setting and use a pressing cloth. I used silk organza. You can also use muslin fabric.I finished the hem by fusing it with Stitch Witchery. I knew I wouldn’t like the way stitches looked on top of the fabric and this looks so much neater.