Sunday, June 14, 2009

Crimson Fiesta

Came across some smocked fabric on clearance and just couldn't pass it up ;) It's a red cotton gauze with yellow, green and blue threads running through the smocked part. I've been wanting to try making a shirt with this type of fabric, but couldn't justify the price, until I found this.

The top has a seam up the back. I put darts in under the arms to tailor the fit a bit. The armholes and the neckline are bound with bias tape. To add a bit of drama, I put the bias tape on the outside on the neckline and then with red thread, stitched a leaf pattern on it.

The skirt also has a seam up the back. I used a blind hem on the bottom. This is a very versatile outfit. With the two pieces together, the skirt waistband is under the waistband of the top. The top looks great with jeans. The skirt looks great with a white t- shirt and jean jacket. But I'm sure you could come up with your own variations.
The chain belt is something I've had for a few years, but don't have too many opportunities to wear. I originally bought it when I was in high school to be part of a Madrigal singer costume.

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