I did it! I finished my first challenge over at The Sew Weekly.
I even managed to finish it on time.
The challenge this week was to sew something inspired by an accessory - shoes, hat, shoes, brooch, shoes, jewelry, belt, shoes. Yea, I had shoes on the brain. I figured I'd sew something inspired by a great pair of shoes, after all I have dozens to choose from.
But when my eye landed on this clutch I knew this was my inspiration piece and that I would sew something that mimicked those gray fabric roses.
That's when I remembered a pair of silk/rayon pants I had purchased five years ago.
The. Perfect. Color.
Knowing I had very little fabric to work with, I planned to sew a sleeveless tank and embellish it with fabric roses.
As I searched my patterns for a simple tank and came across Simplicity 2599. Not only was it a B, C, D cup pattern (woot! no alterations) it included instructions for fabric roses. Perfect.
I managed to squeeze the sleeveless version out of the fabric from the pants as well as three fabric roses - versus seven as shown on the pattern illustration. The pants were fully lined so I used the lining fabric for the neck and arm facings.
The only change I made to the instructions was to use Unique Stitch instead of sewing the roses.
I'm happy with my new top, especially when I discovered I now have something to wear with my orange Simplicity 2343 skirt.
And with my mustard Vogue 8355 skirt. Which is currently too small as I'm unable to actually sit in it, LOL. (But I'm working on it, remember my Hello 2012 post?)
It works with basic black, like my black Burda #121 (11-2008 magazine) pants. Even after two years these are still my go-to pants.
The top also goes well with white - and it's perfect with my little Sophia.