It took me a while to settle on this outfit today. I had originally planned to wear my brand new top, from the pattern I was tracing out yesterday (yes, it's finished!!) but it was lacking the right buttons to finish it off completely. I had sewn on two complete and different sets of buttons from my button bag, and ultimately just felt dissatisfied with each set... so I had to trek out to the fabric shop to locate the perfect buttons today. And I was very good and only bought one other piece of fabric whilst I was there. And it was from the remnants table, so I am, you know, doing my bit, helping out the fabric store in getting rid of unwanted fabric. I'm doing a good deed. Practically a community service. Not a self-indulgent or unnecessary purchase at all (cough cough)
Also while there I purchased two patterns I'm pretty excited about for my autumn sewing plans... lookee below. The jacket pattern is one I've read about on other sewing blogs and am keen to give this a go. Apparently it contains details on reproducing couture construction techniques, so I'll be following these carefully. The only problem I've discovered in my experience with Vogue top and jacket patterns is that they seem to be set on a default fitting for quite big-busted women. On me, an only slightly blousy top ends up looking like a deflated balloon and kind of ridiculous. I find Burda patterns to fit beautifully with no adjustments required. I don't know if this says anything at all about the relative shapes of the average American versus European woman or not. Japanese patterns fit me well too. But I am determined to work very properly and meticulously with this one and make it a rip-roaring success... Promise I won't get bored and try to whip through so I can just move on!! (a recurrent failing...)
The gloves are a no brainer. Yah, always looking for a new challenge, hehe... Keep you posted on how these go...!!
Dress; Simplicity 3745, significantly modified, pink lace
Camisole (under); Country Road
Skirt; "m", from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like, by Natsuno Hiraiwa, apricot/grey linen mix
Thongs (flipflops); Mountain Designs
Necklace; a gift from my friend K