Needed something to wear for the Manhattan trip scheduled for next week!
In Manhattan, autumn has arrived. In Arizona, at 100+ degrees, it is still summer!
What to wear in both places? Season Spanning Stash Couture!
The Pattern Stash included Vogue 8791. View A is a sleeveless tunic. Sleeveless is a necessity in the Arizona heat – and can be covered with a jacket in NYC.
The Fabric Stash included some beautiful rust linen – which was too Arizona. But it also contained a similar color of silk dupioni! Love it!
A quick visit to PatternReview.com to check how the pattern fit others determined that a muslin would be required. A muslin, a few adjustments, and the 100% Destashification Tunic was completed (even thread came from the stash).
When in Arizona, the tunic works with white linen shorts.
In the Northeast, it can be combined with leggings, a jacket and a scarf to ward off the chill. There may have to be a shoe or boot purchase, though. Arizona sandals will not suffice as footwear in cooler climes.
A NYC dinner will require a skirt outfit. A remnant of upholstery fabric (yep, upholstery fabric) seemed perfect for a skirt. The Pattern Stash offered New Look 6843.
Skirt muslins do not happen.
To get a custom fit, I cut the fabric to the largest size in the pattern. Then stitched the darts and sewed an invisible zipper in the back seam. The side seams were machine basted.
I put the skirt on INSIDE-OUT and pinned down the side seams to fit. (It looked like I was wearing elephant ears!) After machine basting along the pinned seam – I put it on INSIDE-OUT again. A few final minor adjustments and then the side seam were stitched for a simple Perfect Fit!
Traveling light means the same jacket and leggings will be worn with the skirt in Manhattan. A grey top will complete the outfit (I wonder if there is any grey in The Stash!).
The skirt can be combined with a “be-dazzled” top for an Arizona dinner date.
Season Spanning Stash Couture!