Bound buttonholes . . ..
waistband boning . . .
and an underarm gusset (still in muslin form)!
My fellow Gertie readers will note that all of these skills came from Gertie's New Book of Better Sewing. It arrived about two months back along with a copy of the September Threads magazine, so you know that was a banner day in the PoldaPop household. Or at least for me. I think I spent the rest of the day ignoring requests for milk and goldfish and attention in general so that I could scan the pages, plot my new Gertie wardrobe, and read about drafting a peplum.
The first project I wanted to do was the Bow-Tied Blouse. It looks so sexy in a sexy-librarian sort of way.
And who doesn't want buttons all down her back like Miss Mary Mack?? I also thought it would work with fabric I picked up from GorgeousFabrics.com with a skirt/top combo in mind. I had seen this Hart's tutorial for making a stretch lace skirt, and I immediately wanted one for myself. I love bright coral (I saw it on Belly earlier this fall and it looked so lovely next to her dark brown hair that I wanted it next to mine). I am slightly nervous that with the skirt there's a little too much coral, but if I'm honest I don't really give a damn what anyone else thinks about this.
I found the buttons at The Economy Shop (favorite thrift store).
I was immediately attracted to them because they look like Werther's Original Hard Candies. In my late 20's I went through a Werther's phase (I may just love caramel more than chocolate) until I went to the dentist and had 11 (yes, shocking, I know) cavities, when I'd never had a cavity before. Paying for the fillings cured me of my Werther's addiction, but I'm glad I get to at least remember the flavor whenever I wear this top. I also liked that the color clashed a little with the pinky coral.
I am mostly happy with the way the top turned out, especially since I didn't make a muslin or adjust the pattern in any way. When I make it again, I'll add 1.5 inches to the length so that I feel more comfortable wearing it with low-ish rise jeans. There's also some extra fabric in the front. I'm wondering if my more experienced sewing friends can tell me if this is what a top looks like when it needs a SBA?
Just so you don't think I spend all my time sewing selfishly (I only sew for myself on the weekends, promise!!), I can also report that I've completed a couple of skirts for clients and I've got a couple more awaiting fittings. I forgot to take a picture of Melissa's pencil skirt (Melissa: can you send a picture, please pretty please??) but I do have one of Liz's skirt:
This is a high-waisted denim pencil skirt with homemade bias tape along the hem. And now I'm thinking that I want to add boning to my next high-waisted denim skirt. I'm itching to get out the wire cutters and pliers again . . .