The last two weeks *have* been busy, with loads of local travel for work (and many, many hours of driving), and I've been studying like mad for an upcoming exam for a work-related course I've been taking. Hopefully I will write this exam on Sunday (that is if my proctor receives my exam in time, which I really hope he does, at this point I just want the darned thing over with!!) Anyways...that's what's been keeping me from posting. Excuses, excuses, I know.
In a few posts in the recent past, I've vaguely alluded to the winter wardrobe I've been planning, and last weekend during a cutting frenzy on Sunday (yeah, in the name of HOMEWORK for my garment sewing class, wink, wink), the plan kind of took a turn of it's own. Anyways, here's the fabric that I started with for my Winter 2013 collection (gotta come up with a better name than that).
Fabric #1 - lightweight suiting fabric of undetermined fibers from Fabricland. I have a thing for leopard print, or any animal print for that matter. This suiting fabric is fantastic, and it has a bit of a sheen to it as well.
Fabric #1 - Reverse side. I love this fabric even more when I realized I could use either side, or both!
I've already cut this fabric out in a tapered knee length skirt from one of my own self-drafted patterns. I haven't decided which side to use as the "right" side but do know that I will be using red lining. I am also searching for a jacket idea, but I don't think I will wear them together as a suit look. It seems a little busy to me for that.
Fabric #2 - excuse the wrinkly picture, it's only that way because it was fresh out of the shopping bag after being in there for...ahem...a while, and I'm lazy. This is a creamy beige lightweight faux snakeskin pleather which is backed with a lightweight polyester knit, that I also just could not resist. It is also from Fabricland. I LOVE it. A bit of shine, and ALL animal print.
On Sunday, I cut this fabric out into McCalls 6171, view B, and an OOP New Look pattern (I'll have to look up the number), but essentially it's a below the knee wide skirt with box pleats at the waist - I'm planning on stitching them closed to just below the hip. As much as I love shiny, and as much as I love animal print, I don't think I will be wearing the two together.
Fabric #3 - a poly blend knit, which has already been sewn into McCalls 6513, view C, and the review can be found HERE. It was also purchased from Fabricland.
Fabric #4 - a heavy weight stretch crepe in cream (this photo is coming up a lot more taupe/beige/yellow than the fabric really is). Again, purchased from Fabricland.
Looking at this wardrobe plan, I just realized that it leaves me with a distinct shortage of tops, with an abundance of skirts and jackets. I will have to do some searching for fabrics for tops within my own stash - lately I've been craving the simplicity of a crisp fresh shirt. I know for certain I have black shirting fabric in my stash which would fit in with these fabrics nicely. I wonder what other colours I can introduce - maybe French blue, rusty orange, deep red, chartreuse or cream? Suggestion are welcome!