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Final project: silk blouse and skirt

Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt).  For our big final project, we were instructed to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I’ll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.

Truly, the butterfly silk print (no longer available, but this is similar) really directed the design of the top–flutter sleeves (‘circle sleeves’, according to my textbook) and a flouncy peplum, with a nod to the vintage.   To liven up the neckline a bit, I added a keyhole feature, with self loop and button:
There is an invisible zipper on the side and all of the seams are French (including the armholes!).  I definitely referred to Jen’s post “French all your seams” during the construction!
Armhole French seam
Waistline French seam
For the sleeves and hem, I used my narrow rolled hem foot, which worked (mostly) beautifully.
For the skirt, I used a stretch cotton khaki fabric since I really needed this particular basic.  To be truthful, it is not very exciting–just a basic, low waist skirt with a contoured waistband, four panels, pockets and a side zip.  What it lacks in interest, it makes up in practicality!  Ha!
Sorry so wrinkled!
It is every so slightly too roomy, but at least I’ll be comfy in my super practical skirt!  
One negative of this otherwise lovely stretch cotton fabric is that after washing it, it was terribly wrinkled!  (This skirt was made from a second length of fabric, unwashed).  I’ll probably have to dry clean the skirt, which is a true bummer.  On the other hand, I machine washed and dried the silk (on delicate) and it came out of the machine in great shape!

After a semester-long course on pattern making, I feel like I have enough info to be dangerous; there’s still a lot left to learn!  Luckily, I’m enrolled in the Fall for Pattern making II!

Pattern card for the blouse
Pile of pattern pieces

As for my grade….I somehow scored a 100% on my outfit!  I’m guessing the teacher was overwhelmed with other grading and an impending move of the whole fashion department to spend too much time picking apart my design!

Resewlution 2014, May garments #5 and 6

18 thoughts on “Final project: silk blouse and skirt”

  1. 100% is 100%! Well done, these are great I especially like the keyhole neckline detail, the shape is really subtle and feminine.


  2. Your blouse is beautiful! Congratulations on completing the course and for continuing to take patternmaking classes! You may never need to buy patterns again 😉


  3. Congrats on your grade!!! Your outfit turned out beautiful and appears your grade was well deserved! We are much harder on ourselves… I love that skirt. Ive been looking for a basic like that for years and it finally clicked that i should just make it haha. Of course i need a pattern. Not as brave as you.


  4. Unfortunately, I think I'll have to postpone the follow-up class due to work obligations, but I've got the textbook, so I can forge ahead anyhow!


  5. Thank you! It looks like I may have to teach instead of take a class this Fall, unfortunately, but I'll still be working on pattern making on my own!


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