This is one of the new things I've made in my stash'n'scrap busting efforts; a new top. Getting rid of two more smallish pieces of fabric...!
The rust coloured corduroy used for the body is the leftover from these jeans. I really love both making and wearing corduroy jeans, but the fabric width is just than little bit too narrow so that you have to buy twice your leg length to make a pair of jeans, because of the fabric nap. And this means a couple of large chunks of leftovers. Not to worry, I'm nothing if not diligent about using up those scraps as usefully as I can.
The purple sleeves are the very last leftovers from this dress. (And I assure you the sleeves are exactly the same length, in spite of the funny way I am obviously posing...)
I know I'm going to love this top. About three years ago I made another corduroy Tshirt that I wore a heap during winter, and was pretty darn sad when I spilled something down the front and it finally had to go. Don't know why it's taken me this long to replace it, actually... It is a laughably simple design, just rectangles of fabric with armholes cut into the body of the Tshirt, and bit of a boatneck-line scooped out, and long flat sleeve caps on the top of the tubular sleeves, measured and cut to fit the armhole lengths of the body. Faced the neckline from other scraps. Hemmed. Done. Simple and very easy to wear.
And happily fashionable. My eye was caught by this outfit from Bally... quite similar, no? although this is a dress, and my outfit is a skirt and top. I really this look of solid blocks of strong colour stacked up on top of each other; a look reminiscent of children's building blocks, simple, colourful, a bit fun and interesting. The extra plus for the self seamstress is that these simple unstructured shapes are so easy to sew, and the different blocks of colour are tailor-made (haha, a little joke there...) for using up scraps...
Top; my own design, rust corduroy and purple raw silk sleeves
Skirt; Vogue 7303, orange raw silk, details here
Shoes; Perrini, had for ages
Nail varnish; Pouty Purple, BYS
At right, from Bally Spring/Summer 2011, here