Last night, Kenn and I were walking home from dinner and discussing (as husbands and wives often do) what we think each of us will be like in 10 or 20 years. He declared (as husbands often do) that I will be a very elegant lady.
When I think about how I’d like to look as a more mature woman, an outfit something like this comes to mind: somewhat slim skirt, pretty silk charmeuse blouse, saturated colors, interesting jewelry. Throw on a cashmere sweater and I’d say I’m good for the next 30+ years.
I know silk charmeuse is a slippery, tricky thing to sew, but few fabrics have such a fluid drape, luxurious hand, and the incredible color depth that you get with charmeuse.
In fact, I was originally planning to use the matte side of this fabric for my Jasmine blouse, and reverse it to make the collar shiny. But I just couldn’t get over the rich coppery-pumpkin of the shiny side, so I ended up doing that instead. It’s like a bright copper penny. I wish it were easier to photograph!
My advice for sewing charmeuse? Use a spray stabilizer to keep it from sliding all over the place, and be sure to change to a small needle so you don’t put runs in your fabric. I used a 65/9 for this blouse.
By the way, I really like the way this blouse looks and feels when tucked in. The bias cut makes it slim, so it feels less baggy around the waist.
The skirt is, of course, the new Meringue pattern from The Colette Sewing Handbook! It’s done in a red cotton twill. I don’t know why, but I really like this skirt in red. I’m thinking about doing another modified version in red wool in the coming weeks, with added patch pockets.
So that’s it for this week! Anyone else sewing something fun?
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