First, I changed horses in midstream with the dressy outfit. My SIL gave me this jewelry set for Christmas and since she's going on the cruise, I thought I should make something that I could wear the jewelry with.
The fabric underneath the necklace is what I finally cut out. I cut out a simple tee, a gored skirt, and a v-neck jacket. The stretchy knit will pack well. I was in Coldwater Creek the other day, and saw a gored skirt made out of the same fabric. I thought it was funny since I've had this fabric for years-got it on clearance at Walmart. Four yards at $2.00 a yard versus $90.00 just for the skirt-do the math! That and fitting issues is why I sew. I can have a whole wardrobe of beautiful, custom, great-fitting clothes for under $100.00. I need to go back to Coldwater Creek, they have gorgeous clothes-maybe I can memorize some of the designs and go home and make some of them.
Now the jacket:
I really like how it turned out, and the fit is terrific. I lined it completly and hand-stitched the lining to the hems. I noticed in the photo there's a bump in the right sleeve seam, but in real life it's smooth. It must be how I hung it on the hanger.
I make purses out of upholstery samples. I dug in my stash of already completed purses, but I couldn't find any that matched the dressy outfit, so I found another sample in a nice navy with a tiny print. If I can find a zipper in my stash (see last post), I'll make it to take along.
Burning the midnight oil could definitely be in my plan for the next couple of days!