The ‘Sedate Pantone’ ensemble
⁃ Fabric: stretch poly for the top and stretch gaberdine for the skirt
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 2181 – top, Butterick B5534 – skirt
⁃ Year: contemporary
⁃ Notions: zip, hook & eye for skirt, thread
⁃ Time to complete: about 5 hours each
⁃ First worn: for the photo
⁃ Wear again? the skirt definitely, the top maybe
⁃ Total price: op shop specials so about $10 including the notions.
I was a little unsure about the Pantone challenge as I didn’t know what it referred to. Thank you most kindly to Elizabeth S for her post in the Contributor discussion section.
Basically I just had a look at the Pantone link and then I had a look at my fabric stash. I came up with a piece of fabric that I declare contains the colours sweet lilac, tangerine tango and starfish plus Granita from the Men’s colours, and if it doesn’t then it is the fault of my camera for not taking the photo properly.
I made the top first and it went together pretty well. I used my overlocker to finish the seams. It has a little loop that pulls it together and creates the gathers at the front and I had to lengthen it slightly as it felt too constricting. It still has a feel of that about it and that is why it is a maybe.
The skirt (which I am classifying as ‘Starfish’) was a breeze to put together. With only three pattern pieces to cut out and assemble, it really should be. I did lengthen it a little and neatened the seams by folding the seam allowance in half and then stitching. If there is a name for this it has escaped me temporarily (not top-stitched though). I had to re-do a little of this when I decided that the hem needed to be pegged in a little to give a better shape. I am happier with the result.
I would have posted earlier but when taking photos for the MadMen challenge I managed to break my tripod! I completely wrenched the top off trying to bend it in a way which it quite refused to go. For these photos I used My Man Andrew’s tripod – which has a broken leg and was in danger of dropping at any moment. We seem to be in a tripod free zone at present.