Doesn’t look like much yet, does it? But this is the lining, which I got pretty much completely done yesterday. Probably looks a bit weird with the blue panel, but on the original pattern it called for lining with the dress fabric and cutting the midriff out of the same contrast fabric. I’m figuring the more opaque fabric here will hide the seams better. I’m hoping this works out all right– I couldn’t figure out a way around the pleats at the shoulder, or the gathering at the waist. But both the lining and the outside fabric are lightweight enough that I’m hoping it won’t add a whole lot of unnecessary bulk. I’m trying to make this look as finished inside as possible, plus the white in the print made a skirt lining necessary. Either that, or wear a slip, and I’ve hated those things since I was a kid.
I would have gotten more work on it finished, but we had some pretty nasty thunderstorms roll through that pretty much forced me off the machines. So, since I’m slowly working on measuring out/cutting samples from my fabric stash, I re-discovered these several pieces of fabric, most of which I’ve figured out what I want to use them for. So here’s my plan, starting from the top left row…
Olive twill: BurdaStyle’s Nichola pants (I was debating between this and the Hikaru jacket, which I’ve loved since day 1, but I bought the fabric with the pants in mind and don’t have enough for the jacket.)
Off-white knit: Butterick 5084. I want to do the crossover embroidered neckline (plan for that TBA) with the flared sleeves. Because I love flared sleeves.
Funky brown and purplish knit: BurdaStyle’s Lydia top– a simpler style for a more complicated print.
Embroidered suedecloth stuff: a slightly modified version of BurdaStyle’s Eva jacket.
Second row, off-white embroidered cotton (the hard to see stuff): New Look 6678. Because a normal blouse would probably make me look like a country singer wanna-be in this print, but I believe this blouse will give it a perfectly acceptable hippie/Bohemian vibe.
Shiny green leafy stuff: Still slightly undecided, but leaning towards McCall’s 5235. Mainly because this is lightweight and drapey enough that it just might manage to compensate for the underbust gathering, and if I play it right, help me avoid the pregnant look.
Blue/green silky print: Undecided, and open to suggestions.
Brown striped cotton: A modified version of New Look 6407, hopefully. I know in my head how I want to do the layout, but I have to look at the fabric a little more closely and see if I can get things matched up in such a way to get the desired effect before I try.
Crinkly teal with gold embroidery: Undecided, and open to suggestions.
Egyptian-print cotton: BurdaStyle’s Jane pajamas. (Showing a user creation for this one, because I couldn’t find a model pic.)
Have a couple other ideas in the works too that aren’t shown on here. So I have plenty to keep me busy!