I am a mom of three great kids so life is on the go and sometimes sticky. And I am an attorney in the Army which means I wear a uniform designed for men five days a week. Thus, when it is time to create and dream about clothes I tend to gravitate to flowing feminine fabrics or fun and funky designs. Anything basically to make me feel more like a woman.
But that ends up resulting in skirts that are probably too short for a woman my age. Or blouses that show just a bit too much cleavage for picking up toddlers.
And this recent project turned out no different.
The skirt is from the new U.S. version of BurdaStyle winter 2014 issue, pattern #107 . The fabric is a faux suede and it is lined. The skirt looked a little short on the model, but burda's models are super tall and I always have to take inches off their hems. So I thought it would be fine on my 5' 3" self. But, it turned out shorter than I expected. It has a higher waist too, so does that make it look shorter?
The top is from the English/European version of burdastyle's 11/2012 issue, pattern #112 with the sleeves of #113. The fabric is a slinky polyester fabric from Joann's that was on sale. I just loved the colors in this fabric and bought it with a particular top in mind. That top is from the same pattern as a dress I made over the holidays out of a similar fabric that I purchased on the same trip. However, the dress did not turn out spectacular and it is mainly because it needed a fabric with more body. So what to do with this fabric that was meant for the blouse version?
|Those are mustard yellow tights ... my legs are not really yellow and I swear it looked good in real life.|
I looked through the magazine and found #112 which was meant for flowing fabric. It is a fairly easy pattern and the blouse is quite comfortable. It is also long enough that I can wear it with leggings even though I shortened it by about 3 inches. But one word of caution. The slit on the front is really quite deep if you are petite. I had to sew it back up because it almost went to my belly button.
Speaking of buttons, the slit does close with one fabric covered button. I thought that was a nice touch. I used some of the white fabric from the skirt for the collar to provide a bit of interest and wonder if I should have made the covered button white too. Oh well.
All in all, I do like this outfit. I am just a bit unsure where I will go in a white mini skirt and a flowing blouse.
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