Double drape tops and skirts.....

Double drape tops and skirts.....

I had every intention of making another simple top this week, as I only had a couple of days to sew ...but I spotted a beautiful lace in Mood and it just demanded more than that.

I'd been looking for a delicate grey silk lace, and when I saw this I hesitated, I have never worked with Soutache lace before and this was a large scale pattern....I left Mood to look elsewhere but was back within the hour, I knew half a yard was coming  home with me.

After pinning it up on my dress form I could see that proportionally it was amazing....not everyones taste I know but it rocks my world! and from there the creative thoughts starting jumping  around...the upper circles reminded me of shoulder pads, which led me to shoulder flair, and on and on......

and that all reminded me of a ombre I had been hoarding for at least eighteen months from Mood that matched beautifully, which led to this...

and this...

which separate to this.......

and this.....oh  I hate having my photo taken...can you tell yet? and to make it worse the camera was playing up...




The top is last weeks pattern with a second draped layer, I added a additional two inches to the width for contrast , and the undershell  is removed.  I played around until I liked the way it was hanging....I wanted it to be very loose and flowing, with some unexpected angles...  The dress form is a little to skinny to do it justice!

The skirt is the simplest of patterns, five panels cut to allow the ombre to graduate from light to dark with a cotton bias waistband and zipper.

The only thing that took anytime was the lace.  I handsewed pieces all around the arms to finish them neatly and built up the lace on the left shoulder to give it a 3d effect to complement the trim  on the right....

So it was kind of a Mood Fabrics week, the lace,  ombre silk charmeuse and safety pin trim all came there over the last couple of years and the white silk crepe de chine under drape was  from Susan Khalje, this stuff is beautiful!

 

and I did open up this gorgeous pattern and take a quick peek.... I have maybe two days of sewing again next week so should have a full muslin close to being done in that time.....

but probably not a whole lot else... its the end of summer wind down.   Kids to be collected from various places, people to visit, school and college shopping to be done and window seats in my finished kitchen waiting for cushions to be made....

 

Audible this week, just coming to the end of the Karen Slaughter series they are SO good, can't stop listening!

and have started Kate Mosse Labyrinth , Claire recommeded her  in last weeks comments, so I am starting book one and can't put it down...Thanks again Claire!  :-)

and I am deep into David Page Coffins making trousers in preperation for the Marfy patterns lined up and waiting... seriously an amazingly informative book.

 

Wishng everyone a lovely week, back Monday!

Leisa 

Marfy 2631...the wearable muslin

Marfy 2631...the wearable muslin

Draped tops, how to's, quilts and serious Marfy love...

Draped tops, how to's, quilts and serious Marfy love...