Friday, September 11, 2009

Fall Greenery

or pieces 5 and 6...

I had two goals in mind for my sewing this week. One was to see if I could complete a well-sewn garment for each day I was off...that's nine garments. And the second was to complete an entire week's worth of outfits from those 9 garments. I think I'm gonna end up with 10 but we'll see.

So far I've created a dress that can be worn with a jacket or a sweater from my closet. Just a regular work dress for a regular work day. The second outfit is the power outfit of the bunch - the black suit to be worn for those serious meeting days. Pieces 5 and 6 are my Friday "business casual" outfit.

I called it "Fall Greenery" because of the sage green fabric. This is a soft more fashionable color and that's one of the reasons why it was used in the business casual outfit.




It is comprised of my TNT burda cardigan and another version of the Simplicity 5914 skirt (which btw has 42 reviews on PR!). I can wear this with a simple white tank as I have above or with a short sleeve turtleneck sweater for those early fall days. Or if needed I can up the ante by pairing it with the white Butterick 4980 jacket.


Some stats:

Fabric:
2 yards of cotton/linen twill from fabric.com
2 yards of a Missoni-like knit from Emmaonesock

Notions:
9" zipper
3 yards rayon hem tape
1 one inch button



Cardigan:
I've made this cardigan many times and this was the most challenging because the fabric was so unstable. It shifted and moved and wouldn't hold a pin from the cutting table to the sewing machine...ay carimba! I used seam binding in the shoulder seams to stabilize the shoulders. I used silk organza in the neck binding to stabilize the front band and it gave me a place to add a button and buttonhole. It was an amazing piece of fabric and I'm glad that it's cut and sewn!!!


Skirt:
This is my 4th version of this skirt, even though this is it's first appearance on the blog. The first time I made this skirt, I changed the center back pattern piece from a straight cut on the fold piece to two separate pattern pieces so that I could add a center back zipper. I don't know what it is but I don't like side zippers much. The pattern doesn't call for a lining but I've added one. I've also omitted the facings. I taped the waistline and the lining extends from it. This is one of the easiest and most gratifying skirts that you can make!

Six pieces are completed...I have a dress almost finished but it will have to wait until Saturday morning. I'm off to spend the day with some friends in NYC and won't be back until this evening. I'm actually glad for the diversion. I need a break from my sewing machine! *LOL*

...more later!


36 comments:

  1. J'adore the missoni cardigan. What a great pop of color and so pretty on you. Great outfit. I wanna wear it!

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  2. I love the cardigan, the fabric's absolutely beautiful. The skirt I'll have to try, since I have the pattern.

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  3. going very well on your mission! I just LOVE that missoni style fabric - great colour! Your skirt looks great with either of the tops!

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  4. I love the cardigan and the green skirt together

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  5. Love the colours on this outfit. Cute cardi!

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  6. I love this outfit! You look amazing in it.

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  7. I love tha cardigan! It looks awesome!

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  8. Your "Fall Greenery" is "all finery". Okay, too cheesy? Love it - but then I am very partial to green! Keep 'em comin'!

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  9. Green is your color. I just love the outfit. Can I borrow it??

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  10. Green is one of my favorite colors. The outfit looks so good on you. Now I'm going to find those patterns you mentioned.

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  11. Ooooh ooooh oooh . . . I likey!!! The green Missoni cardigan is to die for!

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  12. Carolyn these outfits are beautiful! I love the cardigan fabric. I'm glad you were able to get it sewn up. And the skirt cut is very flattering. Such a lovely color.

    Good luck finishing your wardrobe. It's been fun watching you!

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  13. Great outfit and totally lovin' the cardigan.

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  14. I just love it when you are on vacation! Your creations are all beautiful and fit you so well. Thanks for taking the time to blog and share with us.
    Susan (fabricluver)

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  15. Bravo for the Missoni jacket. Missoni patterns are one of my addictions.
    Today is a sad remembrance day and I want you to let you know how deeply I feel compassion for you and all citizens of NYC.
    I will never forget.

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  16. Nice outfit... I love the color and the fabric of the sweater.

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  17. The shape of that skirt is perfection!

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  18. Love,love,love that green. It is gorgeous on you!

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  19. Love the sweater. You have mentioned in the past that you baste your garments. Why and do you hand baste or machine baste? Thanks

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  20. Dang it. I do have the skirt pattern, but of course not the cardigan pattern. I'm still inspired. I have a couple of cardigans in some of my wardrobe patterns. I hope they work as well as yours.

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  21. Great outfit! Looks wonderful on you, too. Thanks so much for sharing your sewing adventures with us!

    You were mentioning the problems cutting the cardigan; Maybe try putting tissue paper or newsprint under the fabric and pin to that. It should help you stabilize it.

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  22. Your amazing!!! Cute, cute, cute.... and I could say it "10" tens... from what I see!

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  23. I guess it would help if I would actually proof read my comments b/4 I post them! I meant to say... and I could say that "10" times!
    LoL...

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  24. Wow! You have been really busy this week - keep those new outfits coming. I really love the black suit. Black, yet with a slightly different twist than the regular business suit.

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  25. I love the green sweater cardigan and skirt. I'm anxiously awaiting your next piece. Enjoy your time off.

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  26. I am amazed that you can sew a cardigan; where do you get the fabric? (I know I'm kinda dumb.) The black suit is nice, and the double row of buttons makes it stand out, but I really love your green!

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  27. Carolyn, I love your fall greenery selections. Last year I bought some material that is very much like your sage knit, but in a lovely coral shade shot through with gold threads. I haven't done anything with it because I don't want to ruin it. I appreciate your suggestion of using seam binding for the shoulder seams and silk organza in the neck binding.

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  28. I've followed your blog silently for a long time, but finally had to take a moment and commend you on your impeccable style, skill, and generosity. LOVE your blog!

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  29. I saw the photos of this and your black garments this AM on Flickr. Well done, as I would expect of you. Hope you enjoyed your time away from the machine.

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  30. I think this is one of my favorite outfits that you have made! Love the color and style and it looks great on you!

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  31. LOVELY! As usual. Great job. Just love the cardigan.

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  32. something else designsSeptember 11, 2009 11:53 PM

    My comment is really a question. I hope maybe you will/can answer. I am amazed by your creations! Aside from the fact that they are all beautiful, they are numerous! My question is what do you do with them after you have worn them some? I have trouble parting with things I have put my work and care into. Are your closets bursting or do you manage to part with some of your creations? Thanks for you wonderful blog!

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  33. Love, love that all green outfit! Fabulous!

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  34. What a pretty green outfit, Carolyn. Did you consider orienting the stripes in the other direction? I ask because that would be my natural tendency but I love the way your horizontal stripes turned out. Great job!

    Kathryn

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  35. Hi

    I too realy loove your cardigan. Beautiful fabric and simple classic pattern
    You wrote thats its a TNT burda pattern. But I would realy like to know what burda pattern it is ?
    so I can sew my own cardigan.

    from Annette, Denmark.

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