The Alma blouse paired with the Moss skirt
Sewaholic Alma Blouse
I found the depth of the armhole just perfect, the darts were all in a good place for me, and the length of the blouse is great!
Since my fabric is thin and lightweight, I was able to use my narrow edge foot for the hemming. I still haven't found a way to go over side seams smoothly with it. I even tried trimming down the seam, but I always get hung up there. The only thing I have found that works for me is to stop and manually fold the fabric, stitch over the seam, and then resume stitching with the narrow edge foot.
Grainline Moss Skirt
Size 6 at the waist, graded to a 4 at the hips
Alterations: Lengthened by 2" and dart alteration to back yoke by .5 inches
The moss skirt is a great wardrobe staple! It sits at the waist comfortably and has nice sized pockets. It is a basic skirt but a great starting point if you want to get creative with modifications.
To eliminate the waist gap that usually occurs when making my bottoms, I decided to take a 1/2 inch dart out in the pattern tissue on the back yoke only. I just pinned it out and then cut my fabric. It fits perfectly without any gaping on my first try! This was much easier than trying to adjust the CB seam as I have done in the past. It occurred to me that by adjusting the "seam," I may be altering the curvature of the pattern more than should be.
I used a triple stitch for my back yoke top stitching and quickly discovered that it was going to be difficult to control my line of stitch. I did do it on scrap fabric first but didn't realize how hard it was going to be keeping it lined up with the seam. Yikes! So, I finished that area and didn't do it anywhere else. It won't be seen anyway since I never tuck my blouses in. I had intended this to be my muslin, but I love it and it is completely wearable.
I used a dark blue thread for hemming so it would blend in with the denim.
I can see making up many sets of this outfit--a perfect pair to me!
My denim is mid to heavy weight, so it won't be worn much during the heat of the summer, but nice right now since we are still having cool temperatures. I'm glad I only ordered a yard of it since it is kind of shiny. I don't think I would have liked it in a jean.
My blouse fabric was purchased from Fashion Fabrics Club last summer. I don't remember what it is technically called. It is some kind of cotton blend. I wish I could recognize fabric types better.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley