I’ve done it again! But this one is really rad. This fabric is everything. I bought it at Mood Fabrics in NYC last summer. It’s Marc Jacobs and it’s a polyester. It was $18/yard so I only bought 2 1/2 yards. I’m so glad I did, though. I love its pop art quality, especially in a retro pattern. It feels really good to sew from my stash for once. I’m really going to have to now, too, since we’re losing Hancock Fabrics. That means the only fabric store left in this town will be Joann’s. So sad. Anyway, read more for construction details.
This crop top/culottes combo is brought to you courtesy of Butterick 6175 and 6178.
That outfit the model is wearing is really lame. I never would have thought to buy these patterns until I stumbled up this gorgeous version by Brittany Eman. Her version looks so luxe in that suede. She turned the top into a crop top. Brilliant! I would have loved to have made the sleeved version, too, but sadly I did not have enough fabric for that. Coincidentally, Sallie Oh made a stunning jumpsuit out of this exact fabric. I was thinking of doing the same, but I think I would have been underwhelmed if I literally made the exact same project as somebody else. Glad I went with this combo, instead.
So the top is View D, with about four inches chopped off. I made a muslin in a size 12 and was satisfied. No need to line this outfit. The fabric was awfully slinky, so I sprayed it real good with that fabric stabilizer I told you about from my last post. It helped tremendously.
I cut the culottes in View D, size 14. 14 corresponded with my waist measurement and I wanted the pants to be very fitted at my waist since my mid drift would be exposed. The whole outfit came together fairly easily.
I did take a couple of short cuts. Rather than hand stitch my waistband to the inside seam, I used my trusty heat’n’bond hem tape. And, rather than sew a hem to my pant legs, I used my serger to make a narrow rolled hem.
Also, raise your hand if you’re sick and tired of hook and eyes? Me! I hate sewing those in and I feel like they never serve their function all that well. So I decided to try out snaps instead. Much improved!
It also occurred to me that I could nicely finish my seams by stitching a narrow rolled hem on each side.
A bit time consuming but that sure looks nice. I put the finishing touches on my garments by stitching on my beautiful labels.
Now if only we could get some really beautiful weather so I can wear this bad girl on a night out.
It’s green but it’s not all that warm yet.