….and here she is my final garment for 2012. Yay!! I did it, I’ve sewn A Garment A Week For A Year, this is a massive personal achievement for me and I am super proud of myself but, enough of that for just now I would love to walk you through this weeks final sewing challenge. The theme is Happy Holidays so in my book that means anything right? This photo set has a tropical feel about it so we can cross out
Holiday and Happy? well that just goes without saying really. This get-up is inspired by the one and only Grace Jones. Back in the 80′s she wore a lot of draped hooded ensembles which became a trademark of hers and I’m just a huge fan so why not do my best Grace Jones out here on this tropical island (not really it’s my local park) in this wicked hooded jumpsuit.
This silky satin when laid out looks like the pattern of a butterfly enlarged, this picture and the pants she’s wearing was what drew me to this fabric! I just love that outfit and found it to be a fluke to stumble across something similar on sale in my local Spotlight. There are no palm leaves on my fabric so to compensate we chose this location and added some colourful tropical photoshoppery to set the mood.
For the basis of this outfit I used a Vogue Designer original by Bellville Sassoon 2930. Every piece of this pattern are separates, top, pants jacket and skirt not the most appealing pattern but perfect for what I wanted to achieve. I used the pants replacing the daggy 80′s pleats with darts and used the top—which crisscrosses over at the front. I made up the pants basting them together first, when I was happy with the cut I serged the seams using red, orange, pink and black spools of cotton on my overlocker. Pretty details on the inside. I made up the top omitting the frill—not really a frilly kinda girl. I popped the top on and the pants and did a quick fitting pinning the top to the pants, did a careful squat to make sure I didn’t get a wedgie, no wedgie no riding up a really nice -not too loose not too tight fit. I placed an invisible zipper on the side and decided on leaving the pockets out because of the zip placement. I cut a draped hood and placed this along the neckline. She came together really well, I thought I’d struggle a bit with the silky satin I guess taking my time at the cutting stage paid off? Passing on facing the armholes I thought cutting a few bias strips and sewing these on around the edges would look and sit a lot better. I have carriers for the belt to sit through too.
So there we have it, my very own hooded killer Grace inspired jumpsuit to finish off this big ol year of sewing. Here is my Sewing Year in Review for 2012. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed sewing it all. I’m off to dance the dance of joy and have me a celebratory drink a little later. *Ching Ching*