Recently, I completed (another) McCalls 6650 using a white clipped and light blue teal silk cotton voile. Then using Butterick 4989, I sewed up a matching blue batiste camisole to wear underneath, and to complete the look I sewed up a winter white worsted wool pencil skirt underlined with Bemberg lining. Check out my latest fall or spring look:
|Pretty blouse and comfy skirt|
Blouse fabric: silk cotton voile, purchased earlier this year at Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC. Purchased 2 yards at $24 per yard or something like that.
Camisole fabric: batiste, purchased a yard around $3.00 on sale at Mary Jo's.
Pencil skirt fabric: St. John's worsted wool, purchased one yard at $34. Purchased from House of Fabrics in Asheville. 2 yards of a cream Bemberg lining purchased at Jo Ann fabrics for about $4.50 a yard. I used a 50% off coupon, otherwise it would be like $8.99 a yard. Fortunately I didn't have to order via internet, and my local Jo Ann fabrics keeps black and cream in stock!
Changes I made to sew up blouse: I used a clear snap in the back of the blouse instead of a hook and eye. In addition, I hand sewed in silk organza for an interfacing. Sewed using French Seams, and used bias tape on the hem to make a neat finish.
|bias tape for hem...makes a neat finish on the inside|
Time frame: It took me a couple of days to sew, but could have been sewed in a day once the pattern was adjusted.
Camisole: no changes made to the pattern. It only took a couple of hours to sew up. (yah)
|matching camisole using pattern Butterick 4989|
Winter White skirt: I have a "go to" pencil skirt pattern. I did make the skirt an 1" longer then my standard. Also, for a closure, I sewed two loops into the waist facing which goes around two beautiful buttons, above the zipper. Also, I underlined the wool with Bemberg lining. Hong Kong seams, and for hem I sewed bias tape around rough edges then turned up and used a catch stitch.
This skirt took about three days to sew up.......of course I made sure to hang up my skirt before hemming.
|button loop closures instead of hook and eye|
|Catch Stitch for hem, Hong Kong Seams|