Friday, June 13, 2008

Linen outfit

I've ironed the linen and it looks great. I took out and ironed the pattern pieces for the jacket and noticed for the first time that not only are the sleeves "below elbow" (or three quarter) but they have a little V-detail on the hem which is nice. The 3/4 length is even nicer because then I don't have to wonder how much to take them up for my short arms.
linen outfit
Now I am comparing skirt pattern pieces. I am using a New Look pattern (#6705) I have had for some years. I have only made the top before, with its faux-Mandarin collar.
linen outfit
Then I am superimposing the pattern pieces for that skirt I always make on top of the new pattern, to make sure that it will fit width-wise but also that it works for length. I lined up the marks that say "natural waistline" and the New Look skirt is only a few inches higher in the waist so it won't be like a giant sash or something. And it doesn't have a waistband either, but uses petersham or grosgrain ribbon for the facings.
linen outfit
The New Look pattern calls for a side zipper and a side slit, so the back is cut on the fold. I am going to change that so I get a back zipper and a back vent. I think the vent will look more formal than a side slit. I also plan to line the skirt, even though the fabric is thick enough that I probably won't need to. But a skirt hangs better when it is lined and it sticks to hose is it isn't lined. By lining it, it will look more formal and work under all leg situations.

4 comments:

Carmen said...

Yep, linen loves to be lined!

JuliaR said...

But not the jacket, as the whole point is that it should be cool on a hot day. You got me into this!

Carmen said...

You're right, not the jacket. But the skirt, if you don't want it to wrinkle too badly (I know you...), should be lined.

JuliaR said...

Carmen, you so right. :)