I'm not too sure whether this making my own clothes gig should be subtitled "Michelle finally wears a skirt for the first time in ten years and then makes thousands of them" or "See Michelle make the same four patterns. Lots." I made another Amanda top, but this time I tweaked the design quite dramatically. I also used op-shopped fabric - a lovely John Kaldor cotton voile (four metres for $2 - that makes this shirt almost free).
Instead of the drawstring casings at the neckline and waist, I put in thirteen pintucks at the front of the neck, and five at the back. Then I put four darts at the back and two at the front. It's a bit unstructured and I would like to take it in a little more at the waist, but I need to get this blouse over my head and boobage, and any tighter may involve a Houdini act. We'll see. I do love the pintucks though. I got lazy and didn't face or bind the neckline, but who cares? I don't.
I finished this blouse a couple of weeks ago, and then it became obvious that I didn't have a bottom half to wear it with. I dug through my fabric stash and came across the perfect match - a linen/wool/elastane blend (weird blend, I know!) that I bought at GJs in Melbourne several years ago.
I used Simplicity 5208 again, and this time I added a side pocket. The fabric was great to sew with, and it's stretchiness forced me to be not-lazy and hand sew the hem instead of using the machine to do it. Plus I'd almost run out of thread, so it was the only thing to do. It doesn't iron too well though (which setting do I use? Wool, linen or synthetic? This time I used cotton, but next time I'm using the hotter setting and a spray bottle to get those creases out.)
It's a good skirt though - perfect for both summer and winter, and just really comfy to wear. Plus it goes well with my favourite red wedges, and that makes me happy.