I was inspired by Elizabeth and her orange skirt over at Sewn, and decided to sew up a corduroy skirt of my own. Joann's didn't have any orange corduroy, so I went with this blue number instead. I can't wait to wear it to work tmw, albeit with a long sleeved shirt and maybe stockings. (The shirt is from JCPenney 2 summers ago)
It's Simplicity 2154 view D, the pencil skirt from their 1960's retro collection. I picked up the pattern at the ASE in the lower size range, then thought I'd need the 16 for the skirt, so I bought it at the 99cent pattern sale at Joann's on Columbus Day (a nice little post-work excursion).
I made it out of a beautiful blue corduroy from Joann's, which I also purchased Monday night. This fabric never hit the stash closet!
I wanted to show you the skirt with my shoes, but the lighting here is bad...but you get the idea. (I happened to go back to Sears today and buy the shoes in the other 2 colors):
This skirt is a simple pencil skirt but I love it because it actually is at waist level. It also has 8 darts and while I'm not a dart-lover, I do like the shaping it provides....no swayback fitting problems here!
Bad back shot. I realized after taking this picture that the zipper was not zipped up all the way.
I moved the zipper to the center back seam. I did this mainly because I wound up having to take in the side seams and it's easier for me to do that without the zipper in the fitting way. So the skirt is more like a 14 now. I also used an invisible zipper. I was so afraid of them before but now I love them. This is my third garment with an invisible zip.
I also had this idea that back vents were hard to do? This was actually pretty easy. I cut three inches off the bottom of the skirt, so the vent isn't as long as it could have been.
On my monitor, the picture above is the truest to the actual fabric color, a very pretty blue.
I did the hem twice, and as I used my surgical seam ripper to efficiently rip out the seam, it also efficiently ripped a hole in my skirt, which I think I salvaged with some fusible interfacing. Otherwise this skirt will get shorter by another 5/8 or so....
I also cooked today. Here's chicken cordon bleu with a honey mustard sauce from Cook This Not That, and cantelope chunks (my dinner). The sauce is made with 1/2 a lemon, which I forgot....went back to the grocery store tonight for the lemon. I love using the lemon squeezer:
I also made the summer vegetable soup. All was looking ok-ish here:
But I guess the milk curdled! That's the first time that's ever happened to me. I think it's still edible? Any thoughts on that?
Farmer's Mkt flowers for this week:
I went to my favorite bakery yesterday for some treats. YUM.
I think I'm writing my 100th pattern review tonight, about Simplicity 2054, both the articulated and unarticulated versions.
(ETA: My 100th pattern review is posted now!)
Be well and good night!