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Made by a Fabricista: Everyday Fall Pieces

Happy Saturday Loves!
Now that summer is winding down and the stores are showcasing fall pieces and colors, I am slowing transitioning to creating a few fall pieces in between.  Even though South Florida doesn't get too cold and it is hot most time of the year, when I travel up north during winter months, I always want to be prepared.  When I came across this wool jersey black fabric, I  knew I had to grab a few yards for a top.  Unfortunately, this fabric is sold out, however this black polyester/lycra double brushed jersey knit or black ponte knit is perfect.  I have been on the hunt for a light-weight wool jersey for months and knew this fabric would be perfect for a top.

The pattern I selected for the top is one of the latest Simplicity latest pattern (S8982), a great fall pattern with basic pieces.   I fell in love with the sleeves and the mock turtle neck and cut the size 10 for a more closer fit as I do plan to wear it under a tailored jacket with jeans. I absolutely love it and will probably lengthen the sleeves and the bodice by 1 inch the next time around.
Can you believe this is my second pencil skirt from a woven fabric? For years I have avoided making a pencil skirt out of woven as I dread the issues with my butt.  I have had this pattern (Simplicity 8175) in my stash for over a year and was hesitant to cut it. Unfortunately the cotton twill fabric I used is sold out but Fabric Mart has a wide selection of twill available here.
  I decided to try a simple  tweak to the dart for a better fit which was all I needed to do for this pattern. I wasn't sure if I needed to slash and spread the back pattern piece which is the typical adjustment I have to make for pants.   I am absolutely thrilled with this make and definitely plan to try more pencil skirt.

For the skirt, I cut the size 18 based on my hip measurement and removed about 4 inches off the waist (1 inch taken in on both sides which removed a total of 2 inches for the front piece and back). I also added an extra inch to the length of the back dart and 1/2 inch more on the top.
 Due to the fact that I will be wearing this skirt to Open House, I opted to lengthen by 1.5 inches and adjust the slit in the front.
I am totally in love with both pieces and plan to make the pattern again sometime soon with the right fabric.  I love to make separates and this classic black top will definitely be on rotation this fall.  If you know me, I absolutely love skinny jeans and heels.


Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my latest Instagram makes.



One Love,
Marica - Overdriveafter30

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