|Top Left: NL6560 | Top Right: S8927|
Bottom Left: M6965 | Bottom Right: S8927
I don't often sew separates so I wanted to maximize this mini collection by selecting 4 pieces that would all work together. I was dead set on the Simplicity 8927 skirt and the coordinating top seemed like an obvious make. For the second set I considered McCalls 7542, the newly released Closet Case Cielo and New Look 6560 for the top. Sadly, there wasn't enough fabric left for pants, so the second bottoms had to be shorts and it was between McCalls 7726 and McCalls 6965. Ultimately NL6560 won out because I love that top and felt it would work great with the S8927 skirt. I went with the M6965 shorts mainly because I didn't think the paperbag waist of M7266 would work with the flared hem.
Look 1: Simplicity 8927 View A and D
I was a little concerned about top being cropped so I lengthened it by an inch. That extra inch means I should have added a fifth button, but I only had four. This top is an easy sew and took very little fabric, especially if you don't self line the top as indicated- is used some lightweight scraps. The most time consuming part was the buttons and maybe adjusting your strap length. Tie straps would add a cute touch.
The coordinating skirt was also a quick sew. I originally cut the tea length, but didn't like it when trying it on so I shortened the hem to just 1" longer than View C to hit at the knee instead of above it. I can already see another one of these in my future, next time in a print to play with the grain.
Look 2: New Look 6560 and McCalls 6965
This wrap top is one of the few tops I've sewn more than once despite the fact that the instructions are dreadful. Thankfully the top is pretty straightforward to assemble. I added a snap instead of a button and will probably go back and add a small snap at the bust to prevent showing a bit too much decolletage. This top is a dream in linen.
There is a set of these shorts in my UFO pile, just waiting on a waistband, so I'm so happy to finally have a completed pair! I love the flared fit! The medium weight linen is great for showing the flare, but I could see these in a lighter, drape-ier fabric. Be cautious as they're are a tad shorter than I thought!
Look 3: New Look 6560 & Simplicity 8947
These two pieces worked even better together than I envisioned. I kinda feel like a fight attendant in this combo! LOL I had planned to wear this with the top out and the sash, but it turns out with it tucked in this almost looks like a dress.
Look 4: Simplicity 8927 & McCall's 6965
I think I'm finally sold on separates. What do you sew more of separates or one-pieces?
See you next month,