This year already feels very productive. I'm keeping to my revision schedule, while still managing to have a social life, my blog reader has been un-clogged and I've already started to tackle both my UFO pile and stash! Two finished items and it's only the third week of the year! First I'd like to tell you about my Christmas dress, though. I originally wanted to make a pleated skirt with suspenders for Christmas, out of some lovely teal cotton sateen, but lacking a pattern and the time to draft one, I went with the Parfait in red corduroy.
Fabric: about 1.5m or red corduroy (about 10€/m) and a similar amount of dark blue rayon lining (about 3€/m), from Holland Fabric Market.
Pattern: Colette Parfait, Size 10
Notions: a 40cm red invisible zipper and three pairs of miscellaneous red buttons from my stash
Time to Complete: about five sittings of 2-4h - I never quite keep track
First Worn: Christmas Eve
Thoughts: With my bust size being an 8, hips a 10 and my waist being a size 12, I traced a size 10 and hoped for the best. It fits nicely in the waist and hips, but even taking it in about 1 cm on both side seams (after making a bodice muslin! go me!), it's still a bit big in the bust. I'll have to go down a size in my next version, I think. Apart from that, I'm well pleased with the look and fit, although the bodice gathering would probably look nicer in a less bulky fabric. I fully lined the dress for a little extra warmth, and so it doesn't stick to my tights. The contrast between the blue and red is very pretty, I think.
There is some fabric left, which I hope will be enough for a little skirt one of these days. And the green corduroy, which was originally marked for a duplicate Parfait? I think it's going to be a Rooibos instead. I definitely want to make another Parfait (yay for duplicates and triplicates!), probably even another winter-weight one, but I think a nice wool or flannel might work better with the gathers.
Soo, two finished projects coming up, and I need to think about which UFO to tackle next. I'm thinking I might alternate finishing a UFO and starting something new from my stash, for the forseeable future. I also need to take a hard look at my stash and think about which pieces I want to use and which ones just don't excite me anymore. Would anyone maybe be up for a little fabric swap?