So this morning, I worked with my favorite local magazine here -- B-Metro Magazine. If you've been following for a while, you know that I've built a solid relationship with them over the years and I love blogging events for them.
Today was my second year in a row blogging the Brookwood Baptist Health Mammothon.
It's a fun and supportive way to encourage women to come out and get their annual mammograms in a party-like atmosphere.
So obviously, I needed something pink to wear! I'm not the "pinkist" gal out there. That's simply a color that's not overflowing in my wardrobe, so I had to put some thought into. I knew that if I'm going to wear pink that it needed to be in the fuchsia family and balanced out with a darker color.
So this is what I picked up yesterday on my quick trip to #FineFabrics in Atlanta. First of all, the store is HUGE! They have everything! It's a warehouse, but the store is laid out in a way that you can find what you need, like Sam's Club or Costco aisles. But it's so much of everything, eye-level and above your head that it feels overwhelming. I was in there and 2 hours had passed before I realized. You have to have a plan or you'll want to grab everything you see. All of the fabric is inexpensive. Silks are $9.99. Wools are $9.99, $7.99 and the blends were around $5.99. Linings were $1.50, and I got a rayon lining for $2.99. Pontes were $5.99. And I got crepe suitings (not positive if they're rayon or poly) for $4.99. ... So I'm about to get to sewing up that pink silk crepe, because I need it for tomorrow! #ericabsewingbehindtheseams #fabric
I visited Fine Fabrics in Atlanta, Ga on Sunday and these were two of the fabrics I brought back and whipped up Vogue 1522 on yesterday.
Let's start with the top. I cut the size medium and added an inch to the length.
In order to save myself the aggravation that you sometimes have with silk crepe de chine "crawling" while laying out pattern pieces, and trying to cut -- now add keeping stripes straight... I traced out my front and back bodice pieces to create the full piece to be cut on a single layer instead of on the fold. That way, I made sure that my stripes were perfectly horizontal and not askew.
The front and back pieces are sewn together...
and finished with binding.
The flounce is sewn to the sleeve wrong sides together. Then the binding is pinned on and sewn.
Then edge stitched and it looks like this:
The sleeves are set flat. I would've probably done that anyway, but the instructions suggested it.
I finished the sleeve flounce with a narrow hem.
The top has side slits and a 5/8" hem.
I cut the pants in the medium also. But I had to add about 6" of length. These pants would've been A LOT shorter than they are on the model... a serious capri length. Even if you're a lot shorter than my 5'9", you may want to carefully measure the inseam.
Once the pockets were on, these pants went together so quickly!
A step to make sure that you don't skip is stabilizing the machine buttonholes where the drawstring will come through. I used a 1" square pieces of fusible.
Sewing Tip: Always save your interfacing scraps for situations like this!
I absolutely love both pieces. But these pants are super cute and comfy that I know I'm going to make them again, real soon. These are the type of pants that I like to reach for when running errands. I spend enough time in the gym in workout gear and I prefer to look a lot more polished when I'm out and about.
This was the perfect look for my event!
Here is a little more about the event that was completely "mammoglam"!
My Vogue 1439 blazer matched perfectly!
If you're 35 years old or older, don't forget to schedule your mammogram!