Monday, 1 January 2018

New year, new outfit



Happy New Year, sewing friends! May you and your loved ones all have a wonderful year. Thank you all for your inspiration in 2017 and I can't wait to see what 2018 brings sewing wise.

I'm in the middle of a two week staycation and in between cooking, baking, reading and catching up on favourite series I did manage to do some sewing. Although I have a reputation of being a slow sewist I actually finished a 2018 pattern in 2017!


KM1801-25, top Bonne


The pattern is top #25 from the Knipmode January 2018 issue, also available as PDF.
I used a very soft and drapey wool jersey that I got in the sale for a total of 4 euro. Which is one of the reasons why I didn't bother to make a toile. Maybe the fabric is a bit too drapey, as the neckline isn't holding its shape as well as the samples in the magazine. I think I could have gone down a size, but there is something to be said for oversized loungewear. The only thing I would change if I used this pattern again, and maybe I will change it on this top, is to take a bit of width out of the sleeves.




As I had a little time on my hands I decided to make a skirt as well. I used pattern #08 from Knipmode November 2017, also available as PDF.


KM1711-08

It's a simple pencil skirt with elastic waistband. I had an end of the bolt piece of black ponte and thought it would be nice to experiment with a longer length. I lengthened the pattern (adding around 15 cm) and then tapered it, taking out a total of 12 cm of the circumference at the hem. I used a  curved ruler to do so, which was already out to do my usual hip adjustment for Knipmode. This involves adding width at high hip and removing some from the full hip. 




Although I liked both individual garments, I didn't particularly like them together. At least not on me.




Mehhh. That top is just too boxy, even with a belt, to go nicely with a skirt.




Better! Paired with my new favourite sparkly Christmas top.

Enough with bubbles and sparkles. Time to start thinking about my 2018 sewing plans!


10 comments:

  1. The sparkly top is perfect with the black skirt - a smart ensemble. But the pink will just be so lovely to wear when relaxing...Happy New Year

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    1. Thank you. I hope this year will bring you more sewing time. You're right about the pink top. So comfy when curling up in a chair by the fire!

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  2. Happy New Year, the pink color is great on you - and that sparkly top - I want!!

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    1. Thanks! I like the colour, not sure about the shape. That sparkly top is a winner. I've been wearing it so often during the holidays!

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  3. That pink is a very flattering color on you and the top has a great casual style. The sparkly top and skirt is a wondeful holiday outfit. I was super excited to learn from your post that KnipMode patterns are available as PDF's. They often have unique designs I like very much, but finding the magazines in the USA is very difficult.

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    1. Thank you. In recent years Knipmode turned from incidental PDF's to making each and every pattern from the magazine available as PDF. The website can be hard to navigate (and I'll never understand why they hang on to Dutch as only language option) but I hear it's doable. Knipmode also offers reasonably priced overseas subscriptions. If you're interested, Mary Danielson Perry wrote a few blogposts about her experience: http://curvysewingcollective.com/my-year-with-knipmode-part-one/

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  4. Both tops are lovely and that pink color is gorgeous on you.

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