Friday, 21 January 2011

Vogue 2647 + Simplicity 2599 =

An outfit! Yes, I am feeling quite pleased with myself because, at last, I have actually made two co-ordinating garments sewn specifically to work together. In the past I have tended to sew in a random, whatever takes my fancy, kind of way. But, as the New Year arrived, I decided it was really time to get myself organised and make an actual outfit.


The skirt is made from Vogue 2647 (which I think is now out of print). It’s a nice A-line shape with a slit at the centre front and zipper at centre back. Here’s a picture of the pattern envelope.


Because the fabric I picked for the top is quite a busy print I wanted to make a simple shell top and was searching for the right pattern when I realised that this one

Simplicity 2599 would fit the bill. I had made it before (blogged about here) so I had got the fit worked out – this time I just made it without the ruffles.

I bought both fabrics from Vogue Fabrics. They are from their Fall 2010 collection. The fabric for the top is called Reinhard Kernels and is a silk with a hint of lycra. The skirt fabric is a linen/cotton mix, called Reinhard Linen-Weave. As you might already know, Vogue Fabrics make co-ordination easy because in their collections they put together selections of fabrics that work together. I really like how these two fabrics look.

I should also mention that the top and skirt have something in common in that they both have a button and loop closure. At the back of the neck on the top

And at the top of the zipper on the skirt.



I’ve never come across this on a skirt pattern before and I really like it – it gives the zipper opening a neat looking finish without having to use a dreaded hook and eye. You can also, hopefully, see the topstitching which I have used on all the vertical seams and the hem of the skirt – I used a machine embroidery thread in silver, which gives a shiny but quite subtle effect.

You might also have noticed that with this outfit I am continuing my grey/gray theme from my last post. Thanks to everyone who made such nice and encouraging comments about my love of the colour. And it turns out I am not alone – Grey appears to be THE shade of the moment and lots of you (including Victoria and Allison) are going grey in the nicest possible way.

More soon ……..

25 comments:

  1. Very nice! never noticed that top pattern, it looks great, I might have to try it.

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  2. I see the dashing "gray styled" lady is back again. Great outfit, Eugenia!

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  3. Beautiful! And those button loops are a very elegant and professional touch.

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  4. These garments go well together. I like the loop and button coordination.

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  5. What a lovely outfit Eugenia as always superb construction. I need to think more about cordinating things year.

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  6. I love the print on your top! Lovely details too, the silver topstitching sounds neat.
    I really need to start making outfits rather than random things too!

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  7. Fantastic outfit, I really like your topstitching on the skirt and I am liking grey, too.

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  8. I love the matching buttons. What a nice touch on coordinating pieces. How are you posing for photos outside without sleeves? Brr.

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  9. Very lovely outfit! Love the print on the top.

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  10. So put-together, I love it! Is this a work wardrobe for you? If so, very professional.
    I am also sewing with gray right now: a jacket for me and a dress for my daughter! LOL

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  11. Great combo! I'm excited about you making more outfits this year!

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  12. Your top stitching looks so neat and straight! I like the button rather than a hook and eye, it's a cute detail.

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  13. Gorgeous. Love the fabric you used for the top. Beautiful top stitching.

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  14. This is a fun skirt pattern. I've never seen it sewn before. I've also never seen a button and loop on a skirt! It is a nice feature.

    I need to make up another version of S2599 soon. Love yours!

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  15. An outfit, what a novel idea! I usually sew randomly too, but have also decided to try and embrace the outfit concept, we'll see how long it lasts...Anyway your two pieces are adorable, I love the print fabric and the silver topstitching detail on the skirt.

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  16. It's a lovely outfit. I like the button and loop, looks great. Somewhere I read that if you buy something it must go with 5 other pieces in your closet. Perhaps the same could apply with sewing?

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  17. I love this classy ensemble. I too bought the same linen. How fun to see it made into a skirt.

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  18. Wow! What finishing details!! Great job!

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  19. What a terrific outfit! Everyone is into gray now. I must get on that train!

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  20. You are dazzling in this ensemble,Eugenia. I like the fabric and styles you selected. Delectable!!!

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  21. The top stitching on your skirt is pretty fabulous I must say. I am also in love with gray but unfortunately it is really not my color. So I painted my whole living room gray so I could look at it without having to wear it :). Good job.

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  22. That is a great outfit! I just love the fabric for the top, and the matching buttons and loops are a cute, subtle touch.

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  23. Love the outfit. THe button closure is soooo stinking cute.

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