I'm going to be giving myself a complex... with all the talk of feminism floating about; what would a feminist make of the fact that I am clothing myself from my husband's scraps?!?
Top; adaption of top "a", Unique Clothes Any Way You Like, by Natsuno Hiraiwa, leftover shot cotton
Skirt; my own design, leftover linen scraps, inspired by a Celine skirt, details here
Sandals; Micam by Joanne Mercer, Hobbs shoes
Sewing details; should you be interested...
I had only the tiniest amount of fabric, so took out the pattern for top "a" from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like (Natsuno Hiraiwa) which uses very little fabric.
A little experimenting with the top I've already made from this pattern gave the gratifying knowledge I could get it on without having to undo the buttons; fabulous, as there wasn't really enough fabric for the button band. There definitely wasn't enough fabric for those long shoulder ties, but there was just enough that I thought I could get a little straight foldover collar out of that strip that was left...
This is so easy, here's a short how-to...
Simply measure around the entire neckline (not just half of the front, as I've misleadingly pictured here), remembering to allow for that seam allowance by measuring 1cm in from the edge. Cut a strip of fabric to this width, plus seam allowance (I had just enough from that top little bit of fabric, yay!)
Sew the short edges of the band together to form a loop.
Attach right sides together to the neckline...
and fold over to the inside, slip-stitch in place, then topstitch on the outside for a nice neat finished appearance.
The inside seams are all French seams.
The armholes were finished with self bias binding. Luckily you only need a miniature amount of fabric to make your own bias binding, so it's usually pretty easy as well as cheaper, and it looks nice, to make it out of your leftover scraps to finish your garment.