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Friday, January 25, 2013

Meringue Skirt & Taffy Blouse

       Last year during the holidays Glenn was ordering some books and asked me if I wanted any books too. Of course I had a list ready to go within seconds....lots of sewing books for my library. One such book was Colette Pattern Handbook ........yeah I heard so many wonderful reviews I had to have it.  Well, I have been totally enjoying sewing the patterns as well as working on my sewing techniques.  Who knew making your own bias tape was so easy? (I guess everyone who knows how to make it! ) AND yes the instructions are  in Sarai's book.  Please allow me to go on a bit about this book.  It has beautiful photos, clear instructions, helpful for the beginner, and I love that the patterns are made for a C cup!!!!!!!! 

      Decisions, what to sew first?  I went for the meringue skirt.

      Here are a few of my notes:  Fabric: a black cotton pique from Waechter's Fine Fabric in the sale section. Sewing notes: Size 12, for the meringue skirt I lengthened an inch, skipped the facing and lined with a cotton batiste.  I did sew stay tape for the waist.  Also, made my own bias tape for self bound seams and used for bottom facings.  Check it out:

      Next, I made the Taffy Blouse.  Here are my notes: Fabric:  wearable muslin, poly chiffon from Hancock Fabrics.  Sewing notes:  Size 12, lowered dart 1/2", widened hips a 1/2" total, made bias tape out of black cotton sateen, brought in neckline so bra strap wouldn't show and made sleeves a little bit longer to cover up some chunkiness.  Check it out:

Here is the outfit with a (already had) black jacket:
So glamorous in the field!

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