Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mauve Madness I

Measurable progress can finally be reported on the Mauve Madness collection. It had a slow start and several interruptions, including, of all things, a thread shortage! That has to be a first in hoarder history. I am now properly stocked with several shades of mauve thread, and have a couple of completed projects.
First up, a simple peasant-style combo. It’s always good to start with the easy stuff.

The skirt is slightly gathered at the top with a wide ruffle at the bottom, from this pretty 1976 pattern.
This is a heavy cotton gauze, and I pressed the fabric completely flat before cutting to avoid going off-grain.  After sewing, I washed it to get the wrinkles back, but I might wash it a few more times to get it nice and crinkly.

The top is based on one of the hundred or so Anthropologie pages I have saved.
Anthropologie, Spring 2011 or 2012?
It doesn’t look much like the inspiration garment, but I like the colors and the loose shape anyway.

Instead of the drapey rayon knit of the inspiration top I wanted to use leftover cotton voile from some of my other projects.
I divided the front piece of this pattern to use multiple fabrics, then replaced the pleats with gathers, and bound the neck with contrast trim.

Next, a big project worthy of Sewing Month: Grading up a pattern! Hand sewing silk! Lining a pleated skirt!


  1. Great mauveness! I do like those panelled tops.

    Oh dear! All three of those "challenges" in one project?

    1. Two projects, actually, but I tried to take them on all at once. Talk about madness!

  2. I love that Simplicity pattern...i think it is in my favourites on Etsy.Georgeously peasanty outfit!