Thursday, July 3, 2014

More Wedding Weekend Pieces

    Before I talk about the top, lets talk about how big these pants are.  I had them on maybe for 1/2 hour before these photos were taken. That's how long these linen and lycra pants took to stretch out.  I have another pair of linen and lycra pants that are not quite as bad, but they stretch out quickly too. Like a lot of sewists I like lycra in my pants since it make them more comfortable. These pants are  made from my tnt pants pattern and when I put them on they look perfect, hang beautifully and feel good.  I am thinking that it's time to give up lycra, at least in  combination with linen. I have cotton twill or sateen with lycra and that works fine.  It's also not an issue with a pair of wool lycra crepe pants I made.  The top is my interpretation of Hot Patterns drape back t shirt.  the front, sleeves and yoke are made from a dark gray print over a lighter gray rayon jersey from emmaonesock. No lycra in the print.  The back is a light weight rayon lycra from the 50% sale at Elliot Berman a while back.  It was a much lighter weight than I expected it and couldn't use it for a skirt, but it's perfect for this top.

This top is silk jersey with point d'esprit stretch mesh  for the sleeves and neck binding.that I made last year.  The pants are my tnt pant in a really nice weight cotton lycra from the Sewing Workshop from the designer Derek Lam. I wore this for the rehearsal dinner in the herb garden. Gorgeous setting!

The pergola we ate under.  It's covered in wisteria that must be gorgeous when it's in bloom.

Sunday Brunch

Yet another version of my tnt t shirt pattern and pants.  The top fabric is from emmaonesock. It's an almost tissue weight rayon jersey.  I always cut my t shirts with a 1" side seam so that I can adjust the fit to the amount of stretch in the fabric. This is thin and has little stretch, so I sewed it using up most of the ease.  But it caused me issues with the neckband. It stretched out so much that I ended up taking in a dart from the neck edge almost to the shoulder at the shoulder seam. Maybe 5/8" meaning I took out 1 1/4" at the neck edge.  It worked fortunately because taking off the neckband was just not an option on this very fine knit.  

The pants are in a wonderful, hard to find rayon crepe from Marcy Tilton.  I've got enough left over for a vest that I didn't have time to make for my trip. Another Helmut Lang garment is the inspiration.  

Yesterday was my 64th birthday and I made good use of my wedding wardrobe our dinner out.

The same tnt pants pattern after an evenings wear. Much better than the gray linen pants, but still stretched out a bit,  I think that I will stop buying fabric with lycra to use for pants.  

That's the end of wedding related posts friends. It was fun, and I really enjoyed wearing what I sewed and got lots of complements.

My son, daughter and grandson are coming for visit for a week, getting here on Wednesday. We have been looking forward to this for awhile. The beach, the ride on train at South Haven park and the Aquarium in Riverhead; we've got lots of plans for the week. Not a lot of sewing will be going on.

Have a great 4th of July everyone.