I am moving on to the next week in the Extreme Makeover: Fabric Edition challenge! Thanks so much to all of you who voted!
Here is what I made: (did you guess correctly?)
The pants are from Ottobre Spring/Summer 2009. It might have been a bit ambitious for me to use an Ottobre pattern when I am unfamiliar with making pants with a waistband and zipper. (Ottobre instructions are minimal) But, as I keep finding over and over again, the fit is so much better with Ottobre patterns, and worth the extra work of tracing patterns, adding seam allowances and figuring out what the instructions are trying to tell you. I’ll definitely be making another pair of these again soon.
You might have recognized the top from here. The pattern is “Irene” from Ottobre Autumn/Winter 2010. I absolutely love this top pattern. It’s as fun to make as it is to wear. This time I made it a little bit shorter.
The knit top underneath is made from A BurdaStyle pattern. The same one I used here. The more I sew with knits, the easier it gets. This one is definitely one of my best yet.
This cute little bag is from Meg McElwee’s book Sew Liberated. In the interest of using more fabric I made my own bias tape and then turned it into piping. There was a bit of a panic when I realized I didn’t have any cord for the piping, but managed to make do with a couple of old shoelaces. (Recycling at it’s best!) I also added a pocket inside as I can’t imagine having a bag with only one pocket. The flowers are simple yo-yos with button centers and wool felt stems.
Not bad for one week of sewing, right? Nothing like a little competition for motivation!