Sewing the Stash March Reveal - Part Two

Hello!  Today I am here with part two of my March reveal.  This is a two part outfit.  I'll start first with the culottes.  If you remember, this fabric was originally going to be a pair of trousers and I was going to make culottes with my Shibori silk.  Well, best laid plans and all of that.  I ended up not having enough width with my silk to do the culottes I wanted to do, so that became something else (stay tuned for that make in the final installment).  Because I really wanted a pair of loose culottes, I decided that my rayon would have the perfect amount of drape for my vision.  For these I used Simplicity 1017. 

This was my first time using one of their Amazing Fit patterns and I LOVED it!  Now that being said, I'm not real crazy about these pants on me.  I usually have issues with crotch curve and by using the curvy back pattern, I had no issues.  On that I'm sold.  I'm pretty sure these are little too tight (notice the invisible zipper pulling at the side so it's not so invisible).  I don't know if adding width to these would change anything or not.  I was also a little worried about the length of these on my very short legs.  I spent quite a bit of time in front of the mirror deciding on what would be a flattering length.  I thought if  I wore  heels, I could pull this length off without cutting myself in half.  However, now that I see the pictures (pictures don't lie, people!), I'm second guessing that.  I'm also wondering if it would help to not tuck in a shirt . . .

Please ignore the shirt line on the back of these.  I was doing my clothing changes in the back of my mini van and having issues getting things positioned correctly!

Please ignore the shirt line on the back of these.  I was doing my clothing changes in the back of my mini van and having issues getting things positioned correctly!

One thing I do love about these is that I used Heather Lou's tutorial for putting in a pocket stay.  While these are obviously not jeans and use a side zip instead of a fly, the fabric does have some stretch in it so it wasn't sucking my tummy in like I like.  I used her tutorial and took my pocketing all the way to the center front seam and it did the trick!  I'm very pleased with those results.

Not so invisible, invisible zipper.  This is a shame because I really knocked it out of the park with the installation.  Oh well . . .

Not so invisible, invisible zipper.  This is a shame because I really knocked it out of the park with the installation.  Oh well . . .

Next up is my blouse.  I have been wanting a fitted white button down FOREVER!  Due to my bustline, however, a store bought version has never been an option.  I used McCalls 6649 for this one and I'm in love with the fit.  Why did I wait so long to make one of these?! 

This pattern comes in cup sizes so I was able to use the front with the c-cup adjustments.  I made one wearable muslin (pattern review here) and only had to make a few minor adjustments for this one.  I lowered the bust dart and front waist dart by 1.5" and I took 1" off the length of the sleeve.  The fit is getting better, but I think the back needs some addressing. For my next version I'm going to play around with the back waist darts by possibly lowering them a bit.  Nonetheless, this will get quite a bit of wear.  I am also loving the fabric I chose for this.  The feel is amazing and it sewed up like a dream.

All in all, I'm really not crazy about this outfit at all.  However, the shirt will definitely be worn with other things and I really do like the way it turned out.  The jury is still out on the culottes.  I might try pairing them with something else as well.  I guess they can't all be winners.

Btw, this shirt was also my first garment that received one of my new woven labels from Wunderlable.  Aren't they chic?

That's it for today!  Stay tuned for my Shibori make and my bonus dress!  Until next time . . .