I have completed an outfit! Yes gals and gents, I have another ensemble to bring along for my cruise...which is only 8 days away now! Phew. I am way way behind, but that's just how I roll. Anywho, I am feeling pretty chipper in this thang. How could I not? It's bright as all...I don't know. Let's just say it's pretty bright. I mean this in a good way. I thing I'm a bit on the frumpy side when it comes to RTW clothing colors. Think grays and blacks. This cruise is really putting me in a tropical kind of festive mood and I NEED it.
Now for the specs:
Fabric: A cotton, stretch blend for the skirt. I was at Yardage Town having fabric cut and I saw the customers next to me with this crayola colored fabric. Once they finished, I had 1 1/2 yards cut for me, too. The top is made out of seersucker. This is my first time using this material, which I like for this top.
Patterns: Simplicity 3835, which is a Built by Wendy pattern. My first one of hers to actually make. Another first, an FBA (Full Bust Alteration). Excuse my lack of shyness when I disclose to the world that I am a 32FFF, but it is only to emphasize that you would think I would have done an FBA long ago with that kind of luggage and all of the sewing,(Man my coffee must be kicking in with this post, 'cause I even feel crazy and funny ha ha typing it....)but this is really my first. I did 1 1/4" FBA on each side and could have probably done another 1/4-1/2" on each side, but it is still a nicer fit for me. I will be doing a lot more of these in the future.
The skirt is Simplicity 3566. Very straight forward. One piece cut twice on the bias for the skirt body another pattern piece cut out for the twill tape and a zipper. Voila! Well....I did let it hang over night before hemming it and then used my Nina's special hemmer foot, which is another first. A few weeks back, I purchased The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook by Charlene Phillips and I'm glad that I did. Even though other reviewers complained about it being geared towards vintage sewing machines, the attachments are still the same. It was exactly what I needed to help me attempt the hem.
That's it folks. I hope to start some pants tonight and another fancy dress for the cruise. FYI....I am knitting on my lunches....capelet update by Tuesday....Promise.