Thank you to Summerset and to Carolyn, for the nomination and affirmation. I offer my humble thanks. Now I need to try and live up to this lovely award that's been bestowed.
To pass along the love, (and yes, I know some of these blogs have already been nominated, but, well, they're deserving.)
For excellence in the category of exquisite construction and wonderful tutorials to let the rest of us know how they do it, I nominate
The Sewing Divas - collectively Els, Georgene, Phyllis and Gigi (and MaryBeth and Ann) have given so much to the sewing community in inspiration and direction.
Tany - Nobody does it better.
LauraLo - who's sense of style and willingness to share inspires many of us
Kathleen Fasanella at Fashion Incubator
For excellence in the category of eye candy and exquisite construction I nominate
Kathryn - who doesn't have a blog but her photo gallery is worth several days of internet browsing
Paco Peralta - his work always takes my breath away
Marina. I want to knit like Marina when I grow up.
Lisa at Blackwater Park - fun, funky, and keeps doing it til she's got it perfect to her standards
Claudine - gorgeous creations.
For excellence in the art of persistence and tenacity at the fitting game I nominate
Nancy Win at Encue Creations and Vicki at Hong Kong Shopper.
and last but definitely not least on my list - for total blog excellence, I nominate
Carolyn and Cidell, for keeping it real, for inspiring many many sewists, new and old, and because I really really like them both!
And there are a host of other excellent blogs - it's hard to name just a few.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
SWAP top and skirt details
Fabric: Rayon crepe that's been in stash seemingly forever. It's lightweight, drapey and flattering to wear, doesn't show every little bump underneath it, and bonus, doesn't require lining. I don't mind lining. But, this wardrobe is to be worn in Florida. Sometimes, even in air conditioned offices, fully lined garments are not the optimal thing to have to wear.
Piping fabric is every little teeny tiny bit of the burgundy rayon fancy twill left after cutting a of pants in this collection.
Pattern: Wardrobe pattern Vogue 2898 for skirt - less 6" of length. I just chopped the length right off the bottom of the pattern piece, otherwise the godets would just be too extreme.
I also straightened out the seamlines a bit from the hip to the waist and added a Hollywood style elastic casing to make it a pull-on skirt.
for the top: TNT Butterick pattern 6908
Construction: as stated, I didn't line the top.
I serged all the edges to leave 1/4" seam allowances, serged the edge of the folded bias piping, then stitched my seams inserting the piping between pieces. At then ends of all seams I had to pull the piping back in, as it would not do well in the hem allowances.
To finish the neck edge, I simply stitched piping all the way around, then turned it up, stitched in the ditch, and it's good.
To finish the armhole, I cut 1" wide bias strips of the black crepe, and using my handy dandy bias tape maker I pressed the strip to create single fold bias tape. Then I opened up one flange, and with right sides together stitched around each armscye. Then I turned it all the way under, and hand stitched the bias tape down. The finish is beautiful. No facings, nice clean edge, no linings.
notion of the day:
Bias tape maker.
I have one of the old ones, all metal. I've looked and looked on the internet, and I dont think they make them like mine anymore, unless you want the 2" wide or wider variety. Now they all have these plastic inserts in them. I've tried using the ones with the plastic inserts - and it wasn't pretty. I went back to my old one.