Saturday, February 28, 2009

Right in my own back yard

As soon as I started my BWOF 2/09 #115 jacket, I knew I wanted to make a skirt to go with it. When in doubt, I turn to TNT patterns. One of my favorite skirt patterns when I just need a basic shape is 10/06 # 117. It's more or less an A-line, but the narrow yoke makes it fit really well and it goes together in no time.

I started the skirt, and looked in the lining drawer, and there was nothing resembling green lining in there. So on Thursday, I walked down to the fabric store, looking for lining and found . . . nothing. Nothing resembling green. They also didn't have a green invisible zipper.

Then, in the discount bin, I found the perfect ivory, black and gold Chanel-ish buttons for my upcoming Chanel-ish jacket. Except there were only four of them, two large, two small. Completely useless. And they're discontinued.

I stomped back to work and decided there had to be something at home I could use. Guess what? I already had an olive green skirt-length invisible zipper, and while I still didn't have any green lining fabric, dedicated rummaging turned up a yard of this bizare home-dec print poly charmeuse that I have a distinct memory of buying. When I was in high school. So it's been waiting around for a while now.

Skirt's finished, and I'm almost done the recycled blouse. I'm waffling a little on the sleeves. Trena suggested flutter sleeves, and I used the ones from BWOF's Duchess of Windsor dress in the 5/07 issue. They're a little long right now, and I think (if I decide to keep them) that I want them to taper more toward the bottom, but for now, that's where we are on the blouse.


Kitty Couture said...

Love the contrast between the skirt's "demure" lines and fabric, and its wacky secret lining!

Chris said...

Love the skirt and the lining fabric, what a great find. I like the blouse sleeveless.

Lisette M said...

I recognized those sleeves right away!I like the way they look on your recycled blouse.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I Love the fabric you used for a's just great!