Well, it's the end of another year! And what a year it's been for me. I won't bore you with gory details, but let's just say I'm not sad to see it end. #ByeFelicia But as usual, I've had my love of fashion and sewing to keep my sanity intact. For the last couple of years, I've been up to my head in tailoring. I'm usually immersed in an end-of-the-year coat making project. Well, I finished up early this year. Go me! And I needed a simple, palate-cleansing project.
McCall's 6991 had been in my to-sew pile and I'd also picked up this synthetic habotai a while ago. I liked the color. And just so happens that it's "Marsala", the color of 2015. Now, normally I would simply refer to this color as maroon. Isn't that what we've been calling it for years? But of course, heading into 2015, we're brand new! Semantics aside, it's a beautiful color that's flattering to most skintones and has always been a fall/winter staple with its rich wine-like deep red color.
The size 14 sewed straight from the envelope. The fabric is pretty transparent, so the best seam finishing was French seams and narrow hems. This is a pretty straight forward design. It's a very trendy top with it's wrap/twist front style and mullet or high low hemline. I've been seeing these tops everywhere from this length to the exaggerated back hemlines that drape to the back of the legs. I thought this would be a fun top to add to my wardrobe that I could wear a couple of times with minimal investment. Hence the reason I chose to make this in a synthetic.
I know that the high low hemline is a style that you either love or hate. I think I've moved on from the dresses and skirts. But this particular blouse design just appealed to me. I think it'll work great with my leather leggings (which I really want to make another pair. Those are coming soon) and a pair of skinny jeans and tall boots.
For an evening look, it pairs perfectly with my Vogue 8909 sequin joggers. Can I just tell y'all that I've truly gotten my money's worth out of these pants. I've loved these pants -- nearly to death! I'm going to buy more sequin to make another pair of black ones and a maybe a pair of gold ones. Not necessarily a jogger style. But probably with a tapered leg. I think they're a great wardrobe staple. Well, they are in mine! They fit perfectly into my lifestyle. I've found that they just "work" when you need to be less than cocktail, but more than casual. If that makes any sense. I tend to find myself in a lot of those fashionable predicaments.
Wishing you all a fabulous sewing New Year!