Monday, June 08, 2015

Lisette #3 and Matching Maxi Skirt


I really did like this Lisette top! The first one was made in linen, this one is actually the second one and it's made in a scuba knit (or at least that's what Fabric Mart called it) and my final one was the black embroidered cotton sateen from the last post.

As you can see I made this one without sleeves and from the altered pattern. I did top stitch all of the seams but other than that there are no new construction techniques to discuss. I probably should have raised the underarm seam a little and will do that the next time I make this. Otherwise it's the same as all of the others.

The maxi skirt is a piece of fabric wrapped around my body and then eased to a 2" piece of black elastic. The elastic is the waistband and is about 10" smaller than my actual waistline.  The skirt has a back seam with a slit and is machine hemmed.

I've already worn this outfit to work with a scarf and my denim jacket and it was a winner.  So a few more pics...





BTW, this is my new work normal. My office although touted as business casual can sometimes seem a little weekend wear-ish in dress. There are alot of jeans worn to work and I'm so not a jeans girl. I'm still struggling a little with what will work for me but all of the more formal garments still swimming around in my head will become church gear.

You will see a lot more separates and maxidresses sewn here with a few complicated dresses thrown in to wear to church on Sundays.  Thank goodness for church so that I'm not sewing things I'll never wear! 

I'm no longer worried about donating a lot of the things that I previously made and can no longer wear. My life is changing and someone who could use them should have them!

...as always more later!


25 comments:

  1. A lovely outfit to wear for blowing bubbles!

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  2. It looks very comfy, relaxed and do like you in blue.(I think I've mentioned that before)

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  3. You have really inspired me to get my weight loss going again and I am also in the process of changing jobs too. I have some health issues that are not helped at all by several kilos. I have lost a little bit and need to make a jacket for work for my "in between sizes" stage. I love your linen look and who says you can't get slightly more dressed up for your new work from time to time? Take care, Lizzie.

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  4. Very nice outfit! Looks smart in the navy,

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  5. This looks very nice. I bought some scuba knit from FM also in blue and red. It is not quite like scuba knit I purchased elsewhere.

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    1. Linda - when I pulled this piece out of the box I thought muslin. And I was using this to test the top pattern but it came together so nicely that I decided to just wear it. It won't work for when it's really hot but it will be fine for spring/early summer/fall wearings. I'm glad I was able to make the fabric work!

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  6. I was wondering if this knit would be hot... but you answered the question. Your new look is so exciting - you look happy, happy, happy!! Of course, being with that sweet baby could be a contributing factor!!!

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  7. I really like it, especially with that necklace and those wedges!

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  8. Carolyn I'm so glad you've 'turned the corner' about giving away some of your corporate outfits that no longer fit. I retired 2 years ago and it took nearly that much time to give away the corporate outfits I no longer wear. It's hard when you've hand sewn these babies but knowing that others can use them helps. Love all your new separates. Karen

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  9. Modern and tres chic!

    This look embodies the spirit of Chanel to me. No fuss, clean lines, easy to dress and easy to wear. The sense of style comes thru in the maquillage and one or two well-chosen accessories. I wore a similar outfit as a young woman back in the 1980's and you are reminding me of the appeal of this style of dressing :)

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  10. Ah, so good to give it new life. The expression in our house is: moving it along to the next happiness. MIstranslation from some subtitled film, but it makes sense to me.

    Ten inches less from waist measurement to elastic measurement? Trying to remember what elastic you're using, and what width.

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    1. SJ Kurtz, I will double check what I did but I'm almost sure it's about 10" smaller than my waist, especially when you add the seam.

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  11. I can feel your lightness coming through your posts. It’s inspiring and infectious. Congratulations on having fun!

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  12. Your office sounds as casual as my office. Jeans, T-shirts, flannel shirts. I know you are the best dressed gal there though!

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  13. This is a really nice outfit and looks great on you.

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  14. beautiful! I love blowing bubbles!

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  15. Oh I love this, Carolyn! Yes, it's a little more casual but still so put together. I love the whole outfit- necklace and shoes included.

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  16. What a wonderful outfit! And I'm so glad to read that I'm not the only one who says "thank goodness for church, or I wouldn't have somewhere to wear..."

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  17. I am loving your slightly more relaxed style - your new shape and style are just great. And a little baby is always such a perfect accessory (I love being a granny too). Sometimes the simple things are just the best.

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  18. I like this look on you! My job change was 2-1/2 years ago and it took me quite a bit of time to become accustomed to a much more casual work environment. There are days when I still feel funny when I'm wearing what I consider weekend wear but those are the days I usually get compliments on my attire.

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  19. Carolyne, I just read through your posts and love everything you've been making with the new Lisette patterns! Very nicely done, and congratulations on all your progress with your new sewing goals. xoxo

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