This outfit was always going to involve a Dahlia Cardigan. I bought the Colinette Jitterbug yarn for it a year and a half ago at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. The colour way is Ginger Cinnabar and it is gorgeous! This cardi has a really interesting method of construction, everything is knitted off the centre back lace panel. Once I wrapped my head around the construction it was pretty straightforward. The only modification I made was to shorten the sleeves to elbow length, perfect for a spring cardigan.
I have had the fabric for this skirt for a couple of years. It is a heavy weight cotton with a floral print inspired by the work of the artist Pissarro.
The pattern is from BurdaStyle magazine 08/2009, pattern 110. I made it without lining because the fabric is heavy enough to not need it. It has pleats in the front and sits just above my natural waist line. An invisible zipper and vent in the back. It's a very simple fitted pattern that makes the fabric the feature.
I had planned on making a chambray shirt to go with this outfit, I had even cut it out. Then I found a 1980s Calvin Klein for Vogue pattern while shopping my mum's stash. It was perfect for this outfit, then I found this slinky crinkly rayon at my local basement fabric outlet, a one metre remnant, just enough to make it. I took that as a sign.
I love the shawl collar and simple lines with a little bit of texture. The fabric, while bing quite lovely, it light and slippery, so even though I took my time sewing, there were stiLl some nervous moments. There are some flaws, but nothing major so I'm ok with them. With a garment so simple I went a bit fancy with the buttons. Speaking of buttons, the top button placement on the pattern is quite low, this wouldn't be an issue in a fabric with more body, but this just slipped open too easily and exposed considerably more of my undergarments than I like. Simple solution, I added another button.
This outfit is a bit of a departure from my original 12 outfits mission statement. It's not quite in line with the more casual, everyday wardrobe I was aiming to make. A couple of months ago I applied to return to school. I'm hoping to study a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology. I have an interview in November and an opportunity to present my folio and three garments I've made. I'm planning on wearing this skirt and blouse for that interview. So with interviews and the possibility of school next year, my wardrobe focus has shifted somewhat. If my application is successful, it will mean big changes, two years of full time study would definitely be an adventure!