Well, I didn't get as much time sewing as I had hoped (and my husband did not bring home a deer as he had hoped) but did manage to complete a skirt and a few tops.
The skirt is from Vogue 8355 a Divine Details pattern I originally purchased with the intent of sewing the entire skirt suit. I still might but not until the weather warms up again.
It's a very basic tapered skirt and the only "divine" detail being the bottom band.
Because I used a tone on tone plaid I cut the band on the bias to add a subtle detail to the band. I played with adding piping or lace between the band and skirt but neither really worked that well.
The fabric was purchased last year during the $1.95 Vera Wang blowout sale at Fabric.com. It's definitely a color out of my comfort zone. While I like the color I must admit I'm struggling a bit with what colors work best.
Brown and black will certainly work but both feel uninspired. Cream doesn't do any favors to me when worn close to my face.
Now gray I like. I thought gray might work so I cut out a gray jacket that I hope to sew in the next week or so. In the meantime I checked out the color combo by photographing it with a gray sweater I own. I like it, but then I'm quite the fan of my sparkly sweater :-)
Then, when I saw the skirt Rachel sewed with her fabric and how fabulous it looked with her teal jacket the hunt for a teal sweater or jacket began. You know what? They aren't that easy to find. I found this one but it's more blue than I wanted. It's unworn with tags still attached so it may be returned.
I'll come up with something - after all I sew.
In the meantime, let me do a quick pattern review for you.
Vogue 8355 skirt pattern review
The skirt has front and back waist darts with a center back zip closure and back walking vent. As usual for me, I substituted an invisible zip.
The skirt lining is sewn in the same manner as the skirt leaving an opening for the back zipper and vent.
Note that the lining is added before the bottom band is attached so you'll want to check the finished length of the skirt first as it is longer than many of the skirt patterns currently being offered.
After the lining and skirt are basted together at the waist, the grosgrain ribbon facing is added. It calls for 5/8" ribbon, but I only had 7/8" on hand. It works but it makes it more difficult to make sure you're only sewing the called for 5/8" seam allowance at the waist.
The bottom band is self-faced. My fabric was too heavy for that so my band is faced with lining fabric. The band is sewn to the bottom of the skirt with the facing kept free. The facing is then slip-stitched in place.
After sewing a hook and eye to the opening above the zipper the skirt is done.