Okay onto this week's Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge Sewing Competition entry, the Bundle Challenge. A couple weeks ago I received a ten yard bundle from Fabric Mart (LOVE THEIR FABRIC BUNDLES, btw), and in the hyper-focus of trying to finish the challenge of that week (I believe it was the fit challenge with the sheath dress), I didn't even open it until I started the next challenge. (Which was still too early, but I did abstain at least a week, normally those bundles are like candy for me--ooh, what pretty fabric has come my way this time that I get to play with and make something from?)
I received two amazing pieces of wool yardage, a white wool and a light tan/blue plaid. I also received two pieces of knit fabric, a maroon horizontal rib knit and a "funky" crinkle animal print knit with a solid black nylon reverse. In the package was also a piece of iridescent mint green poly, or possibly silk, can't tell from just looking at it (didn't have the time to fully investigate it since I knew it wouldn't play well with the others). So I knew when Julie said to use four fabrics, I had my four ready to go.
When she mentioned a TWO-PIECE GARMENT, I was sort of "huh?" I looked back at the bundle challenge from last year and the contestants in general made a two-piece outfit from their fabrics (coat/dress; top/skirt, etc.) but one made a three-piece outfit, and three made two-pieces that needed an additional garment from their own closet to fully create a look. So I just went with what I think was the safest route and created a two-piece outfit with my four fabrics, using three for the top I created, and one for the pants.
The top is made from Butterick 5922, view A, with a collar, and with view B's long sleeves.
The pants are from McCall's 6711, which I chose specifically because they had pockets, a back zip, a waistband facing instead of a waistband, and would be easy enough to fully line in a blue cotton I had in my stash.
The pants were sewn in the size 14, whose crotch curve looked almost exactly like a pair of Burda shorts that I sewed up last summer. These pants are meant to be more fitted, like a classic pair of cigarette trousers. The model's are quite baggy on her, which I think is a combo of them being unlined, the fabric they used, and the fact that she is very thin and that the sample size they sewed up (probably a size 10, if what I have read of the big sewing companies is true) was too big on her. Normally a 14 wouldn't work on me, but McCall's does run big, so I wasn't surprised, either.
Which is why although the above photo shows straight preppy...
Yes, it is preppy with a roar. Get it? I know, I'll stop. It looks fine. Kind of a party in the back, business in front...I can dig it...and wear it again!
I didn't show you this picture so you all could stare at my butt. Seriously! I tucked the shirt in so you could see HOW PERFECTLY I lined up the plaid on the seams there. It isn't that easy, really. This fabric required me to spend TWO FULL hours cutting it out to ensure that all the seam notches and lines would match up (add to that the wool was a bit off grain in a few places, UGH double UGH). I also spent a LONG time at the sewing machine after pinning the seams up very carefully (checking and rechecking that all the plaid lines were matching perfectly). I used a walking foot, which ensured that my plaids did come out even, but I knew that if I put in the back invisible zip and the plaid didn't match up, my biggest asset (hardeehar) would look ridiculous in these pants.
And because I know how hard it is for me to find a pair of pants that actually and properly shows off my bottom, I am beyond stoked that I accomplished a pair of fitted pants, in a plaid wool, fully lined, just after getting over the flu. Hallelujah!
I do have plans to increase the thigh circumference on my next pair, since though 95% of the pants fit very well, the straight, horizontal lines there on the back (below the butt) signify a need for some extra room. I have athletic thighs and slight saddlebags, so this doesn't surprise me. From what I read, this is not a difficult thing to change on the pattern pieces. Those lines, though, don't mean the pants don't feel great, they feel awesome on, and when sitting don't pinch, bind, or jab. YAY!
*BTW, I am not going to be tucking tops into this pair of pants unless I am wearing a long suit jacket. I specifically made these so I could wear tops untucked, which is why I specified I wanted a pair with no waistband so the waistband wouldn't irritate me when sitting down in them (my belly button is unnaturally high!). I just HAD to show you all the awesome plaid matching, yeah!
**GREAT TUTORIAL ON PLAID MATCHING HERE.
Front of the top is the horizontal rib knit.
Collar of the top is the white wool.
Back of the top is the crinkle animal print knit.
Sleeves of the top are the reverse black nylon from the animal print knit.
Pants are from the so soft gorgeous plaid wool (still at Fabric Mart--well at least it looks like the same fabric!).
The top is very "Boden." They have a ton of Peter Pan collar type tops and dresses, and have even done some colorblocked versions in the past, so after completing it, the smile was also because I had duplicated my favorite retailer so well!
The lining is also very soft against my skin and during the winter will add an extra layer of warmth. I could have used a poly lining, but there is something kind of luxurious to me about using a cotton with wool. Normally I prefer silky linings in dresses and skirts (like a poly would provide), but I don't have to wear these pants with tights, so the "slippy" feel was unnecessary. I just wanted comfort and softness. They will also extend the life of the wool, which is important to me as I don't really want to make another pair of plaid pants for a long while. ;-)
That's all for now.
This is the second to last competition. The only way I will make it is with your votes! So PLEASE, with loads of yummy sugar on top *and a preppy ROOAARR*, would you all mind throwing me some votes your way if you are so inclined?
Talk soon! I should be back tomorrow with the Boden Spring 2015 preview picks post, so if you have a few items you just love from the preview, make sure you comment in tomorrow's post!