So when the Tessuti Gridlock competition was announced I was right in there, champing at the bit. The brief was to use this lovely cotton-poly-polyurethane material called Gridlock to create a daywear outfit of your choosing. I no longer live in Sydney so couldn't check it out at the store, so purchased the material online and was very excited when it arrived! I love getting mail and parcels.
|It was wrapped in old patterns! swoon|
This material caused me some confusion. You could say I had gridlock of the brain. It's very lovely - lavender blue, a slight stretch, lots of texture. Originally I was thinking of making a dress but it just didn't feel right, you know? I draped and draped and draped and nothing seemed to work. I was quite overwhelmed by the pattern and texture.
What it did remind me of was the Chanel suits that Jackie Kennedy used to wear in the 50s and 60s. It has that tweedy sort of texture, slightly rough, and very warm. With that it mind I settled on Burda 7175 as the pattern - a two piece, short sleeved, kind-of suit that I could wear to work in winter (the material is way too hot for me for any other time of year).
The pattern was very easy but has some lovely details including french darts and vents in the bodice and two big buttons on the front. I used self-cover buttons with the reverse of the fabric. The waistband of the skirt is also finished in the reverse of the fabric.
So this is the finished garment, and I have to say it still doesn't sit 100% right with me. I learnt many things whilst making it - lots of practice on the overlocker, putting on a waistband, machine blind hemming...but...hmmm.
|Red lining in the skirt|
|Buttons and vents|
If you are a Pinterest-er you can see the other entries here. Many many talented ladies who have huge wells of creativity! I am very inspired and happy to have learnt some new techniques, but might chalk this one up to experience.