Friday, 24 October 2014

StyleArc Lola pants and Patrones top (329 #9)


Some time ago I went to a fabric sale. It was a moving sale at the crazy workshop of an eveningwear designer. I've mentioned this sale before, but I haven't shown you any of the silk I bought - until now!

I'm not usually one to spend heaps on fabric. When I began sewing a lot for myself I was a uni student and did it to save money. Then I never really got past that 'sewing to save' mentality. However, I have been conditioning and training myself at various textile establishments over the last few years and can happily say that the money I spend on fabric and associated accoutrements is increasing in an exponential fashion! 

But I still can't resist a sale. And I don't spend that much on fabric reeeeeally (just in case Mr M is reading).


So anyway, this sale had lots of silk and, although I resisted the more expensive rolls of fabric in favour of remnants, I bought a nice selection. The added bonus was that it was cheap enough that I didn't feel terrified to use it.

First I made these StyleArc Lola pants. I used navy silk charmeuse with the non-shiny side as the right side. I didn't have quite enough to fit the pattern pieces on properly, so I added a strip down the sides, shiny side out. I had to piece the strip but it's not terribly noticeable.


I used the shiny side for the waistband too. I left off the elastic at the hem.


I love these pants. The fit is great, I think they are on trend with the stripe, they are super-comfy and the silk is gorgeous.

My sister disagrees, but I'm ignoring her. Here's me practicing the look I will give her when I show her the whole outfit!


So then, getting a bit carried away and running the risk of producing pyjamas, I made a silk charmeuse blouse and wore it with the silk pants! Don't mess with me girlfriend.


The blouse is pattern 9 from Patrones magazine No. 329, which was a lovely gift a while back from Katherine of Bloom's Endless Summer. I must ask her how her move is going.

Patrones 329, pattern 9.
Before I began sewing, I helpfully spent some time typing the instructions into Google translate. This was the result:


I was at a bit of a loss as to where to begin, but I noticed the 'drinks between aplomas' part near the end so did quite a bit of that first, ignoring the aplomas as they didn't seem important. After that, the bit about 'two necks in front and one behind' started to make more sense and I went from there.  


The neckline was the trickiest part and mine isn't perfect. I blame the drinks and aplomas. Luckily the slight asymmetry and odd hand stitch are not noticeable when worn, partly due to the gorgeous idea of the decorative bead, which also helps to hold the neckline in place. I need to tighten the thread holding the bead so it can't be seen. I did not add elastic to the hem, preferring to leave it loose.


So there we are, I'm dressed head to toe in silk charmeuse and I'm loving it! I wore this out last night to the opening of an art awards and exhibition where my Mum had a painting. I was elegance itself!


14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. What's your sister's problem?

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    1. Thank you. Oooh she knows her own mind that one!

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    2. Fantastic. You certainly mastered those aplomas!

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  2. Absolutely love the translation. It still sounds like another language, doesn't it? Boards, plates, and signals? Of course those are sewing terms! Your outfit looks great. Silk feels to lovely to wear, doesn't it? I'd love to make myself a silk dress but don't have anywhere to wear it!

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    1. I thought the same, but I've been wearing these pants casually as well as dressed up. I probably never would have done so if the silk had been expensive!

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  3. Ooh, I'll bet your outfit feels absolutely luscious to wear... what a gorgeous ensemble. The blouse is just beautiful :)

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  4. Very classy outfit. I love the stripe down the side of the pants. You have done a beautiful job with difficult to sew fabrics.

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    1. Thank you, but actually it wasn't as difficult as I thought, especially for the pants in such a simple style.

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  5. Ook so elegant. I love it! I think the shirt would look great tucked in to both show off the great waistband and accentuate your waist.

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    1. I never think to tuck things in, but I will now - thank you!

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  6. Cocktails always help with sewing neckbands. Oh, and all your seams are French, n'est pas? You're rockin' that charmeuse. You're sister's obviously a heathen.
    Coco

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  7. It looks gorgeous to wear and very classy!

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