Sunday, July 21, 2013

McCalls 6035 blouse and 3830 knit pencil skirt

A friend of mine was getting rid of some fabric, so naturally I was happy to adopt it! All of the pieces she gave me were lovely, but I was struck by a piece of pink embroidered eyelet, and had to make it into a blouse.
I used McCalls 6035, which I made in pink stretch linen here. I knew I wanted a simple blouse to let the fabric shine.
I got it finished and was a little dismayed. It doesn't look like much on Sandra Dee.
But isn't the lace at the hemline lovely? I'm pleased with the matching at the seams. I chose this pattern mostly for the fit, and I feared that all the panels would be tricky to match, but they were fine. I did have to straighten the curved hemline on the pattern, which was no big deal.
Some necklaces and a belt really perks it up. Carolyn suggested pairing it with white jeans, and I love that idea! Now I need to sew a pair of white jeans. I wore my old pair to death!
Since I didn't have time to sew up some white jeans, I decided to whip up a black pencil skirt. It seems I really need to sew more wardrobe basics! I used my knit pencil skirt tutorial, and made this skirt in about 30 minutes. The fabric is ponte knit from Spandex World. It feels very similar to the Sophia line of double knits that you can get at Vogue Fabrics. It's quite nice!
Both pieces are nice, much needed basics, so I'm glad I took the time to sew them. And so grateful to Catrin for the lovely pink eyelet!

On a personal note, I'm going out of town for the next week. I do have another make to show you, but I'm not taking the computer, so it will have to wait until I get back, and I won't be doing any sewing during the week, so the blog will be quiet. Hopefully, we can get some pictures of my new dress among the beautiful Smoky Mountains!

19 comments:

  1. I love the simple lines to show off the eyelet edged fabric! Great blouse!

    I need to make some more basics for myself too - I keep putting it off because they're not as fun to make since the fabrics aren't as interesting. I try to compensate for the boring fabrics with interesting texture.

    Have a wonderful time on vacation!

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  2. Well even though you're taking my advice to make a pair of white jeans to go with this top, you made a great pairing with the black pencil skirt. I love this combo too!

    Have a great vacation and enjoy your family time!

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  3. I love that eyelet fabric, and you matched it to pattern perfectly. Gorgeous! Hope you have a fantastic vacation! :-)

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  4. That is a lovely blouse, the hem detail is beautifully pieced. It may be a basic, but the subtle details lift it from the ordinary, and it looks terrific with the black skirt and belt. Enjoy your break in the mountains.

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  5. These are definitely some great basics. Have fun on your trip!

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  6. Love this blouse, it is so pretty and feminine. The belt with the skirt is perfect. Have a great vacation.

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  7. Great outfit! You look like a sexy, high powered lawyer. But, one who fights for good, not evil. :)

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  8. Your blouse is very lovely. The hem is divine.

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  9. Your blouse is lovely and the hem is divine.

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  10. You look fantastic in these two pieces, the wide belt cinching in your waist is a very flattering look on you.

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  11. Yum Yum, that looks perfect together. The accessorizes really do make the blouse that much more interesting.

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  12. The fit of your shirt is perfect and I love the way you have matched up the eyelet horizontally :-)

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  13. What a sweet blouse and when you pair it with the skirt, it takes on a whole new dimension!

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  14. #allthepinkiskaties, lol. I really like the bottom. It's just a simple and adorable shirt.

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  15. Oh, you will love Tennessee and North Carolina; it's so pretty there. Hope you have a relaxing week, without a lot of plans to run you around.

    I love your new outfit. It's great that you made the eyelet edge work for the hem on your blouse; such a feminine touch!

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  16. So pretty Katie! Fantastic work too, as usual. You are such a sewing inspiration.
    Enjoy your trip!!

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  17. Enjoy your vacation! Your new pieces look lovely! You have done an amazing job of fitting patterns to your body! Keep up the great work!

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  18. Love this blouse! The belt makes all the difference in the styling. Such a perfect job at the hem! A great use for the eyelet.

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  19. What a lovely way to accent a border- you look sharp as always!

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