The “Kevin Was A Girl” ensemble
Fabric: Poly/Rayon for the top, stretch Bengaline suiting for the pants, felt for the shoe clips
Pattern: Simplicity 2892, view D and Colette Clovers
Notions: invisible zip for the pants, thread and shoe clips
Time to complete: oh my, probably 10 hours or so over the course of the week
First worn: Today for pictures
Wear again? Yes, separately and after I sew up the hole in the derrière
Total price: $15
After much deliberation and much lost sleep thinking of ideas, I finally settled on Kevin the bird from UP as my inspiration. We don’t buy many movies, but we do have this one because my husband and I both enjoyed it so much. There is so much to love, but I think my favorite character, hands down, is Kevin. She’s a mom, so we have a lot in common right there.
I took her amazing feathers as my inspiration and decided to kill two birds with one stone (er, maybe that turn of phrase isn’t the best choice at the moment) and use fabric from my stash AND stick with my goal of re-using patterns to get the most for my money. I’ve made another view of this top and I’ve made a wearable muslin in the pants. These are my favorite creations from these patterns thus far.
Both the pants and the top are very comfortable and both were straightforward to sew. I particularly enjoyed how fast the Clovers went together since it was my second time sewing a pair.
I did take in the side seams of the blouse because it was just too sack-like for my taste and was totally lacking in shape.
I also altered my backside piece for the pants and did an even fuller butt adjustment than I did for my muslin. These Clovers are not skin tight like my first and I like them this way. Apparently I needed the Extra Full Butt Adjustment (and I found out the center seam still needs reinforcement thanks to the shoot today.
Once again, I try to measure my sewing success by whether or not someone will ask “Where did you get that?” I want my duds to look like I got them from a store, but hopefully a very unique, fun store. I feel like I accomplished that with these pieces, so I’m very happy.