When I saw this blue and white fabric in the store, I grabbed it post haste. It is beautiful, had a great hand and a nice stretch to it. It feels like cotton, but it is a bit thicker and has lycra in it. After procuring a few yards of it, I went in search of a matching material for a skirt and came across this stretch satin with a crepe backing. They were just made for each other!
When thinking of what I wanted to make for the outfit, I initially was going to make a wrap top with kimono sleeves. That was the plan. Unfortunately, the last wrap top I made didn’t turn out very well, so I need to work on that pattern. I didn’t want to ruin this, so I went with my tried and true princess seamed shirt. I modified the sleeves to have that curve in them, and faced the hem with the satin.
The front part of the shirt has a band across the midriff with the wraps sewn into the side seams. I made the band a little smaller than the material it was sitting on, so it would be snug. The material stretches, so that works well for this fabric. I made sure to triple stitch the wraps into the side seams so they wouldn’t rip out.
The skirt is also my tried and true skirt pattern that I use for stretch bottom-weight materials. I put a zipper into the center back piece, and it was a bit of a last minute this-is-all-I-have. It is a sport zipper. Yeah, a little big and bulky, but it will do. It was the only one that matched, and I wasn’t heading off to the store on a Sunday night.
I didn’t have much fabric left, but I wanted a flounce at the bottom. This is what worked with the fabric I had left. It is lower in the back and higher in the front.
It took me several months to cut into this fabric. I got it in July and I was hoping to make something fabulous with it. I do love how this turned out, too. It was a bit hard to find shoes to go with it, but Zappos came to the rescue with these navy Tommy Hilfiger booties. They are pretty comfy for a high heel, too.
Now I am working on another tester pattern, I need to finish up the Boy’s warm clothes under his costume and I need to make a cape for the Girl. All before Friday. Fun stuff!