Sunday, November 25, 2018

Rick Rack Revelry

Since I still have not made it thought the pictures of my most recent project, and you have seen a bunch of construction mumbo jumbo lately, I thought I would share a finished project.

And while I have been wearing the skirt until fairly recently, the weather has definitely turned, and my summer garments made of cotton are taking a siesta in the closet for the time being.

I tossed this project aside last year after the zipper pull came right out of the zipper.  This, of course, happened after the lining and waistband was attached and seam allowances and corners nicely trimmed.

Normally, I would be very pig-headed about these sorts of things and stick with it until I became extremely frustrated and did something rash that might just make more of a mess of the project.

Instead, I let it sit . . . for over a year.

The fix is not perfect, but it means I can use the zipper without replacing it, which is a huge win, in my opinion.

And I have added two more separates to the collection.

The skirt, especially, has proved to be a great wardrobe builder.  And I suspect it will be on rotation quite a bit once the warm weather returns.  

For now, I am trying to suitable fabric for a coat pattern which inconveniently requires a massive amount of yardage.  Why did I only get four yards of that periwinkle wool coating last year?!?

Blouse:  Made by me, McCall 7563
Skirt:  Made by me, self-drafted
Earrings:  Vintage
Shoes:  Banana Republic


  1. Make the upper 1/3, or whatever fraction, out of a different wool. Refer to the Babe Paley picture in a dress that essentially has a horizontal seam bisecting just above the bust, though the sleeves are the upper color throughout. Lavender over smoke, pale jade, or a heathered steel blue (in my next life I will be a colorist and/or fabric designer).

    These separates read as, "The most fun gal at..." - your inner-whimsy exudes in this outfit. Glad you made the fix.

  2. As much as I enjoy learning new techniques from your great instructional posts I just love the ones where you model your beautiful creations. This is a wonderfully fun and pretty summer look.

  3. Just gorgeous (as always!), thank you for posting. Looking forward to seeing posts on the new coat. Such talent!