09 Apr Almost Cocktail Attire
In my next life I’d like to live in a historic house in Charleston with a decorative gate and creeping fig wall.
Perhaps you follow Teggy French, one of my favorite fashion bloggers. Last fall her social media led me to Shein, a website of inexpensive clothing where I purchased a ruffled bell sleeve top. When it arrived I hated everything about it… the triple tiered sleeves looked ridiculous on me, the fabric was cheap and the cut was skimpy. I was ashamed of ordering this garment. I knew better ….. but I kept it anyway and stashed it in the back of my closet.
Over the weekend we went to a birthday party in Charleston, and the invitation read ‘Almost Cocktail Attire’…….. not that I know what that means. The weather turned cool and my almost cocktail attire kept changing. In desperation I pulled the cheap top from the closet to try with the skirt I was finishing.
I bought the top before the pattern companies released so many cute tops with decorative sleeves. If I stand still it looks fine, but since there is no set in sleeve the top constantly shifts and moves around.
However, I’m loving my new skirt!
I bought the whimsical stretch cotton from Promenade Fine Fabrics in New Orleans. The fabric is designed in panels and I ended up with extra yardage due to the design – enough extra yardage to make a simple straight skirt, and another garment is on the way……
My pattern is New Look 6492 which I bought after View C (with the flounce) caught my eye.
I lined the skirt and finished the waistband with Petersham ribbon. If you don’ already use the Petersham waistband technique, I encourage you to give it a try, as it will result in a comfortable fit and neat finish.
- Stitch skirt and lining at waistline wrong sides together
- Cut ribbon the same size as garment plus 2 inches
- Stitch ribbon to right side of skirt in a 1/2 inch seam
- Understitch, trim seam and turn ribbon to the inside of skirt.
- Turn ends under ribbon and handstitch ribbon to lining.
I must remember to always expect the unexpected for that perfectly describes my sewing experience this week – one part from desperation and another from serendipity…. maybe that means all is balanced 😉
Long live Almost Cocktail Attire!