It's here! The day we've all been waiting for!
I'm kicking off my first ever Me-Made-May with a new outfit. This is not to get your hopes up. The rest of the month will likely be full of janky selfies in front of the mirror. But, I wanted to start on the right foot and get my momentum flowing.
You might recognize that blouse fabric. The modifications I made to my MadMen Dress left me with just enough fabric to squeeze-out a top.
Putting the fabric back into my stash seemed to defeat the purpose of having used it at all, and I was determined not to.
Thanks to the lovely assistance of Twitter and Nat, I decided to keep things simple and go with a solid white collar. A decision I'm very pleased with! There's a faux front button to hold the neckline placket closed.
I lined my skirt using leftovers from the same dress as the shirt. The royal blue adds a nice pop to the eyelet, I think.
There's an interesting dart configuration on the front of the blouse. It's unlike anything I've done before, and I think it's very flattering. The side and shoulder seams are French seams, so they're nice and tidy. And, there's no risk of any slop shining through.
The shoulders on both the front and back of the blouse have a nice angle to them; they're just slightly cut-in towards the neckline. .
The blouse buttons up the back.
And, the skirt has a center back zip.
This may officially be my go-to skirt pattern. The shape is really fantastic for my bottom-heavy figure. And, it's insanely simple to sew.
I'm a little bit in love with the blouse too. Though, it's necessary to pair it with something high-waisted. It's too short, as drafted, for me to feel comfortable wearing it with jeans. I could see adding some extra inches to try to make it more versatile... Or not. This type combination may very well become my new spring/summer uniform.
I'll be posting a weekly round-up of my Me-Made outfits on Sunday afternoons. If you're dying to see what sorts of things other participants are wearing, jump over to the flickr group and have a peek! And, before we forget about April, the winner of this month's giveaway is KATIE! Hooray!
Simplicity 3559: View 2, 1950s
A very quick blouse project. I'm not so sure about the alternate views, but I'm not ruling anything out. I omitted the back darts for a less... suffocating fit through the torso. I misjudged that top button slightly, and it could use bumping up, but it gets the job done.
Simplicity 5924: View 2, 1970s
EASY. EASY. EASY. So super simple, I, with my slug-speed sewing, can make it in an evening! I think it's splendidly swell from the shape, to the length; however, I don't see myself wearing suspenders any time soon...