Why, hello, readers. How are you doing? I admit, KCW and Shorts on the Line kicked my behind, and I sent most of the last week recovering (and, you know, catching up at home and at work). When I finally came out of recovery mode, I couldn't face the unfinished KCW projects that piled up last week. After all of that kid-sewing, I wanted to sew something fast, fun, and for me.
We are getting ready to go on an epic train journey to the Pacific Northwest to visit friends and family, so I am wanting some easy pieces for traveling with kids during a heat wave. Knits, knits, knits, right?
I have wanted to try a sleeveless version of the Plantain T-Shirt ever since the weather warmed up, so I went ahead and used up the rest of the really-truly-lovely paisley knit I used for my first Briar Top (I still wear that shirt more often than any of my other Briar tops, and the fabric is holding up wonderfully; I bought it at Britex and it was probably really expensive but in this case worth it). I wanted to do something different with the hem, so I added "shirttail" curves along the front and back of the hem.
I used a RTW tank top to figure out how much to cut out the back neck and armholes, and then I bound the armholes just like the neckline. I was so pleased that the final result shows just the right amount of skin - enough, but not too much. And this fabric has the perfect drape for the flowy Plantain shirt; very flattering.
This is what my face looks like when I get tired of smiling for the camera! You know, posing for blog photos gives me a newfound respect for fashion models. Who knew it was so hard to pose for a camera? Don't worry, I have no plans to quit my day job.
(BTW, those are our two hops plants growing on the aluminum wall behind me. Cascade and Golden, if you were wondering. Right now we're just growing the hops - they are such pretty plants! - and giving the hops to friends who brew beer, but ultimately we hope to learn to brew ourselves!)
The skirt is the Colette Mabel Skirt, Version 3 (longer, with front panels and a kick pleat) made up in the same teal knit ponte I used for Joe's Sketchbook Shorts. I managed to get this skirt and the shorts out of a yard and a half of this knit, and all I had left were a couple of scraps! I love using up every bit of a piece of fabric - especially here, as I have no idea what I would do with scraps of ponte, but I would probably feel obligated to keep them anyway.
So ... brace yourself ... I sewed this up in a size Medium, and made no changes whatsoever. I tried it on before I sewed the waistband on, and it fit perfectly. That never happens. Gotta love knits - so forgiving.
I love the length, and the kick pleat. The fabric is sturdy enough not to show your underthings, but as comfortable as sweatpants. Perfect for travelling. And it was so easy to make with a serger (but completely doable without one too). I'm stoked! I want another one, in black, and maybe mustard yellow, or maroon? All. The. Colors. Seriously. Most practical garment ever.
Steve told me to shake my booty. Here you go. You're welcome.
And because no photo shoot would be complete without the "styled-with-a-cardigan" shot, here's the outfit with a cardy, which I'm sure I'll be wearing as much in the PNW as I do here in Oakland.
If you don't hear from me for a couple weeks, never fear! I will be back in mid-August to bore you to tears with photos from our trip!