This past summer I bought the book Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt. I made a simple version of the skirt:
And a tunic:
Neither of these pictures do any justice to the garments, either how they look or how I feel wearing them. (A new camera would really be nice, but since that's out of the question at the moment this is what you get. Also, in the tunic shot, my 'photographer' has no patience, so after several shots, I was willing to go with what he had!)
I'm really not a ruffly sort of girl, but I soooo love the ruffle on the bottom of the skirt. I'm sure I will up the design ante by playing around with the pattern and fun fabrics for next spring/summer for a fun skirt.
For the tunic, I again was a good girl and made a muslin, incorporating changes for a FBA. Even though I'm on the tall side, my original changes of lengthening the bodice top was too much, so I ended up adding the most length to the center front, and not much at all on the back and sides.
At first, I wasn't sure if I would even make the jacket in this book. But, one day after looking at the different versions of the jacket, a brainstorm came to me for a collar. I did not have any denim pieces large enough to cut out the entire collar, so this is what resulted:
There are a variety of shades and textures of denim and I really like how it looks. I've also sketched out something similar for cuffs. Now, just to do them.
And to find the right khaki color fabric for the main part of the jacket.
And to make a muslin.
And to decide if I want to line it or not.
And to find the time. Sewing fun time is really limited this school year. With all the projects I currently have going on or have planned, I need to prioritize what I really want to finish first.
Sew many decisions, sew little time.