Alright you adorable koalas. I’m running low on title inspiration. But not on sewing inspiration! I finished not one, but TWO new garments this weekend that make me very happy! A nice, fall sweater and skirt.

This was sort of a surprise project. I woke up Sunday morning, thinking about one of the inspiration pictures  for my fall sewing. This one – from the Louis Vuitton fall RTW collection. (Picture nabbed from New York Magazine.)

Obviously, the first detail that jumped and insisted on being worked into my wardrobe was the fish-scale skirt, followed by the Laura Ingalls-meets-fireman-boots (but blue). OK. I’m being sarcastic. And OK, I really dig those boots, but back to my point, what I really loved about this was the neckline and shoulders of the, um, top. There is not general-use word for a shirt-type garment that doesn’t remind me of my grandma.

So moving on. I woke up Sunday morning thinking about this design and how I loved it so and didn’t really include anything in that silhouette in my fall plan. I engaged in some half-asleep morning plotting and jumped out of bed to investigate my stash. What I came up with…

1) ONE out of print Butterick pattern. For knits. Uncut. (Butterick 4230, for those curious koalas… it’s on ebay right this minute)

2) ONE already cut copy of the Colette Crepe. Size 18.

 

 

3) TWO yards. Itchy orange sweater knit. Purchased last fall from S.R. Harris.

4) THREE yards. Silky, flowy, deep brown wool suiting. Also from S.R. Harris sometime last winter…

I grabbed my two patterns and five yards of fabric and scuttled off to my sewing nook to make something new. Actually, I didn’t scuttle anywhere. I was already in my nook. I spent a good part of the day in there and by bedtime I had a nice new sweater, with it’s portrait-like collar nod to the inspiration photo, and a matching wrap skirt that I threw together using the skirt pieces from the Crepe dress.

I even used the odd bell sleeves that were included with the pattern! I think I like them. I’m not postive, yet. Bell sleeves always strike me as a bit too Stevie Nicks, but perhaps the orange fuzzy acrylic sweater knit offsets that in this instance?

The skirt wraps all the way around and I left INCREDIBLY long ties on. Enough for a simple knot to the back, or a giant bow on the front. I’m not kidding, koalas. It’s the size of a bow you’d put on a car. If you were giving one as a gift. Like in the commercials around Christmas.

I went with the Colette skirt because I wanted something a-line and am not always thrilled with that skirt style. I’ve really liked the way the Crepe looks, but didn’t want a whole dress. I thought I could make it work. It’s lined in silk! Mmmmmmm…. silky.

A close up of the detail on the sweater. And my shockingly clashing hair and lips to go along with that sweater. Tomorrow I’ll include more detail shots. Like of the silk lining. Mmmmm silk. Also, more detailed notes on making half a crepe and fashioning a portrait collar. In the meantime these photos and that giant pile of eucalyptus will just have to be enough to tide you over!

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