For the style element I chose the super bold chessboard print. Black and white are great colors for me and I love to wear them because then I can accessorize with pretty much any color under the sun. Or I can keep to black and white for a more chic look. The chessboard pattern can be pretty overbearing but I actually feel a boost of confidence wearing it. The fabric is the Racing Flag Check (I prefer to say chessboard) knit from Girl Charlee. I wouldn't normally have chosen the shirt pattern I used because it was so plain. But I couldn't get it off my mind. When I saw the fabric I instantly thought of the pattern because the funnel neck gives it such a mod feel. It felt like it was meant to be.
The sewing strengths I am showcasing are invisible zippers and stripe matching for the top, as well as determination for the pants. I can honestly say I've gotten pretty good at those things. The top has an invisible zipper at the neckline and, obviously, more squares and lines than you would want to count. It's fussy that way. The pants, on the other hand, are simply glad I haven't thrown them into the "donate" pile before now. Those pants have been problematic since the very beginning and never quite fit as well as I'd originally hoped. They pulled in a bit too much at the waist. I couldn't give up on the idea of the pants so I made them work.
|Those are pieced raglan sleeves. Can you find the seam down the center of my arm?|
|The end of the invisible zipper. The white you see is fabric print , not thread or a hole.|
|Shown without the ribbon tie, for days I don't want anything around my waist. It also gives a good view of the line down the center front.|
|Marking the pants for their new waistline...and apparently not wearing my wedding ring.|
The shirt fit quite well, though the fact that it is a maternity top may have had something to do with it. I'm not in love with having to print and assemble the pattern before cutting it out and then tracing the pieces to add seam allowances, but that's part of a PDF pattern. I generally stick to paper patterns and just cut once.
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