I'll start with the skirt. It was a spur of the moment make, made it an evening as I was waiting for my husband to drive back home from Perth. The timing was perfect as I finished just as he walked in. I had had a big tunic style denim maternity top, originally from Vinnies, and really nice but I had had enough of it and so even though it looked OK as a top post maternity I was over the 'bigness' of it. Loved the soft dark denim though, the big pleat down the front and the big wide hem. I had a recollection of a pleat skirt in Burda, found the super simple pattern, did a quick trace and a cut out and got to sewing.
|Reminds me I need to reinforce the top of the pleat!|
I really liked the collection of 'loungy' patterns in the November Burda and already made the tank. I had had the red marl jersey for a few months and this one seemed like a good bet. I lengthened the pattern 4 cm.
A funny one this can't really work out how I feel about it (not the biggest existential crisis the world has ever faced or anything). I like how it turned out but its not perfect. The waist band has no stretch, and I keep having to pull it down. I cut it out long ways as directed so not sure why this surprised me. The neck too is very low and feels like it doesn't wrap over enough. Thinking about it its obvious that if I lengthened it but didn't increase the wrap then neckline would go lower. Keep wondering if I should unpick it and just sew it further round. I haven't yet but might do. I've worn it a few times, wore it today in fact with my skinny jeans, the bright red cheering me up on a blustery day and the over long sleeves feeling cosy. Its also goes really well as a cardi over a dress (and then don't have to worry about pulling it down and showing mid-drift either.) So its not perfect but it is getting used really quite a lot.
Making the decision to make more practical, comfy and jersey stuff has been really good. Yey for that.