I've made a new top... and the colour is some sort of colour not really grey but not really brown, but something in between. Brey? Gr-own? Or just a darker version of my new favourite neutral; greige... (later edit, duh, taupe!!) I went into town today and it struck me my new top was the colour of carparks. The colour of dirty cement and sooty steel piping. That makes it sound awful, but really I find the colours, shapes and textures found in industrial and manmade environments can be just as artistically inspiring as natural ones...
The pattern I used is Butterick 4985, except with the sleeves from another pattern, as I prefer these "ordinary" sleeves to the rather frilly fancy ones supplied with the pattern. I've used this pattern many times before... The fabric is pre-gathered or shirred in an unevenly spaced wavy pattern on chiffon, which itself is printed with tiny paper-crane like motifs in ink blue. It was only when cutting-out time came around that I noticed that the black shirred lines did not meet up nicely in a pattern repeat at all; all up and down unevenly, making pattern matching an absolute impossibility... I just had to give up on the idea of matching up those radiowaves!! With the shirring it wasn't terrifically easy to sew either, so I'm happy with how it turned out. I just barely had enough fabric to cut out the blouse, so for the collar used some of the leftover lace from Cassie's latest balldress (see here). After sewing the sleeve hems by hand, I decided the edges looked unfinished, so I top-stitched some black lace braid along the edge. I chose these little mis-shapen grey swirly buttons to finish it.
The skirt; actually I'm not feeling this skirt anymore. Remember when patched and shabby skirts with bits n' bobs hanging off them were fashionable? well this skirt hails from that time. It no longer excites me, I'm into a more tailored and simple pared back look in skirts at the mo. But I decided to just utilise it for Self-Stitched September, and it does go quite nicely with the top, I think! I used Vogue 7303 to make a lining (which is blue), then just patched together bits of black lace (see here) to make an over-skirt shape and sewed over the joining seams with black lace edging.
Top; Butterick 4985 with other sleeves, shirred printed chiffon with lace collar
Skirt; partly Vogue 7303, partly my own design, black lace and black lace edging strips
Shoes; Micam by Joanne Mercer, from Hobbs
Necklace; my husband's very first gift to me! for my 21st birthday (not telling the year, so don't ask!)
showing the lace collar, but check out the reflection in the sunglasses, lol!!