I'm back! I had a really fantastic holiday in Italy. As I'd hoped, there was lots of cross-country skiing. However, I'm sad to report that I didn't eat much apple strudel. My one regret. As I mentioned in my last blog post
, my husband and I went to the same hotel we went to two years ago. I can heartily
recommend it. It's called Hotel Monika
and it's in the Sudtirol region
of north-eastern Italy (near Austria). This region is a veritable paradise for downhill and cross-country skiiers in the winter, and hikers and mountain bikers in the summer. The hotel is fantastic:
the rooms are beautiful, the food is wonderful, the facilities are excellent, and the service is impeccable. If you're looking for a relaxing (yet active) vacation, this is a great choice!
Skiing near Sesto, Italy (that's my husband!)
With the busyness of the holidays - and the inevitable backlog of work once I returned from my vacation - I decided to take a short break from doing our 'Outfits of the Week'. This break also gave me some time to re-think how I do our outfits. I ended up deciding to change things up a little. Rather then explain the changes, I'm just going to launch right in! It would be great to get some feedback - particularly if there's something you miss or something that you don't like now.
This week's outfit is Liesl + Co.'s Everyday Skirt with McCall's 6927 blouse. Here's what inspired the outfit:
This is a great outfit combination that can be made casual or dressy depending on your fabric choices!
I've chosen Liesl + Co.'s Everyday Skirt
for the skirt. A quick glance shows it to be a basic gathered skirt. However, it's definitely not a basic skirt! It's got lots of great features, including front pockets and smooth side panels (to not add bulk). My favourite feature is the elastic in the back waistband: a comfy elasticated waistband that doesn't look like an elasticated waistband! So, no worries about eating that big lunch or dinner. The skirt can also be made in a wide variety of fabrics - from casual fabrics like cotton poplin and chambray, to more dressy fabrics like wool suiting and silk shantung. So, you can easily make lots of different versions. Finally, it's gotten rave reviews (which you can see at the end of this post). So, what's not to like!
I've paired the Everyday Skirt with McCall's 6927
. This is a basic, loose-fitting blouse with lots of options. There are three options for the sleeves: sleeveless, short and three-quarter length. There are also four options for the length - high-hip, hip, tunic and shaped (higher in the front than in the back). It closes with a single button at the back, and - yay! - has separate pattern pieces for different cup sizes. Finally, the top can be made in softly-draping, lightweight wovens (like lightweight crepes, lawn and voile) and lace (there are even pattern pieces and instructions for underlining the lace!).
To achieve the look in the inspiration photos, you could make McCall's 6927 in our black or cream Isobel crepe, or our black or cream Corrine lace. You could make a lightweight Everyday Skirt in our black or cream Madeleine poplin, our black Spencer shirting, or our beige AGF broadcloth. Or you could make a medium-weight Everyday Skirt in our black Eva poly-viscose suiting or our black Dorothea wool suiting. You can see all of the fabric selections at the bottom of this page.
Here's what some of the fabric combinations look like (you can click on the photos to see a bigger version):
From top to bottom: black Corrine lace; black Isobel crepe; black Dorothea wool suiting (see all of the fabric selections at the bottom of this page)
From top to bottom: cream Isobel crepe; AGF Pure Elements Macchiato broadcloth (see all of the fabric selections at the bottom of this page)
From top to bottom: cream Corrine lace; cream Isobel crepe; cream Madeleine poplin (see all of the fabric selections at the bottom of this page)
From top to bottom: cream Corrine lace; cream Isobel crepe; black Dorothea wool suiting (see all of the fabric selections at the bottom of this page)
Level: very easy
Level: not given
Reviews: 6 reviews on PatternReview.com
; 4 reviewers rate it positively; 1 reviewer had trouble fitting the darts to her body and another reviewer felt that the darts in the largest sizes were too big