Yeah, so of course I have to eat my words now that I have made one Connie Crawford pattern with no significant alterations. (And sorry Grandma Connie — you know I love YOU!)
As you can see, it's finished. Sorry dissenters, this is my preferred hem length at the moment. :-) My thighs and knees are still chubby and I prefer to keep them under cover. As they slim down, my hems might rise. I added 4" to the bottom of the pattern pieces and cut off 1.5" and turned up a 1.5" hem. I think that means I added 2.5" in the end.
Here's a better shot of the pleats:
And my butt — I mean the back view. ;-)
And to dispel any thoughts otherwise, a pose that shows that while I'm definitely going down, I'm still plus size. The gut is taking the longest to disappear. Must do crunches. Must do crunches. (Hate crunches!)
This one has a lapped zipper, for something different, and a snap closure because I'm lazy. I also added elastic to the waistband instead of easing it to the skirt waist as the pattern directs. Right now, it stretches out flat when I wear it so it doesn't look elasticated. As I lose more belly, it should mean the skirt will still fit. I hope so, because I like the skirt. Worst case is redoing the waistband since I still have enough fabric left for that.
I'm having a brain fart and can't remember the name of this fabric. It's a stretch woven, fake suede-ish on the front side and satin-y on the back. Help, what's it called?? (Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Thank you Joy and KC. Yes, moleskin.) I love the satin side because it means no lining is necessary. I've had this in the stash for at least 8 years. I also love the moss green color.
I started out my morning at the tire store, thinking I only needed the current tires rotated and a slow leak in one repaired. Nearly $400 later, I left with 2 new tires. But at least now I have 4 good tires on the car, having bought 2 others about a year ago.
After spending that money, I headed to Joann's to spend some more. (That's what paychecks are for, right?) I was only going for zippers, but saw that Simplicity were on sale for 99¢ each. I couldn't resist. There's also a Hot Patterns in this mix that arrived in yesterday's mail. I think I now have about 147 patterns on my "short list."
After grabbing patterns, I wandered over to the suiting fabrics and found lots. This is only a fraction of all that I really wanted to bring home. And that print? Does it have my name on it or what? Brown and green and teal (not turquoise as it looks here). I'm going to use it to make a cowl neck tee from morphing my TNT Ottobre pattern (hmmm I hope it's still TNT). I think I have the pattern done and I was going to just cut and sew tonight so I could wear both it and the new skirt tomorrow, but I came to my senses. I really need to muslin it first in case I goofed on the morph.
The solid brown and green fabrics above? Stretch bengaline! At Joann's! Yes, Belinda, really! All of the fabrics except the print will be skirts. I'm really into skirts and separates right now, in case you hadn't noticed. With these, my Fabric.com order arriving tomorrow, and a Fabric Mart purchase arriving soon after, I believe I'm now stocked on some office fabrics. Not that I'm going on a fabric diet or anything. ;-)