Monday, June 27, 2016

Colette Zinnia

I'm not so sure why it took me so long to buy this pattern.  I own quite a few Colette patterns but skipped past this one when it was released. I love a high waisted flared skirt with gathers so I'm glad I went back for it!
Version 1 is easy to fit and sew. The skirt is gathered so once the waistband fits you're on track. 
I never choose striped fabric because I'm intimidated by matching up the stripes.  I liked this fabric so much from Mood that I decided to go for it.  I think I did ok but I took note of things to watch for in the future. The fabric is a cotton/rayon blend and when it came out of the wash it felt sort of puffy and springy like crepe.  Highly recommend it!
I shortened the length by 2.5 inches and there are still quite a few buttons to sew on.  I like the look of buttons but greatly prefer sewing in a zip!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SBCC Gibson Blouse

This is my third make from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick patterns and my love affair is growing stronger.  See the others here and here.  I caught on to the company a little late and now I'm going back to the beginning to see what I missed. 

I didn't realize the Gibson blouse has a hi-low hemline until I had finished sewing it together and tried it on. The hi-low look is not a favorite of mine, so I hacked off the low hem in the back to make it straight.  I like it much better that way.
The instructions for this one are sparse without a lot of pictures. The sewing on this one is pretty straight-forward so you won't miss them.  It's an added bonus because I was able to print off the instructions and have them beside me.  Having to refer to instructions on the computer is one drawback of digital patterns for me. 
My measurements are 34-28-38.  For other SBCC patterns I've used a small.  I cut a small for this but ended up taking off an additional inch from the side seams to make it less baggy.  Next time I will go with the XS. 
The fabric is Liberty of London. Happy sewing!