Outfit of the Week - 21 March 2016
This week's outfit is Liesl + Co.'s Maritime knit top with Named's Shadi knit skirt. Here's what inspired the outfit:
If you're a regular follower of our outfits, you might have noticed that there was no outfit last week. That's because I went to a tradeshow in Germany at the end of last week and didn't have enough time to throw together an outfit beforehand!
This week's outfit consists of Liesl + Co.'s Maritime knit top with Named's Shadi knit skirt. This is one of these outfits that looks smart, but is secretly incredibly comfy. :-)
The Maritime knit top is a basic knit top that has a bateau neckline and side vents. It is fitted, but not too fitted (there is a little bit of ease at the bust) and there are two sleeve length options (3/4 length and short). Finally, it can be made in both lightweight stretchy knits like jersey, as well as more stable, heavier knits like ponte di roma. You can see how Martime compares to other popular knit tops by looking at a previous 'Sewing Pattern Comparison' post I wrote.
Named's Shadi is popular knit skirt pattern. In fact, it's the most popular pattern by Named that we sell! It's an easy-to-make pencil skirt pattern that can be made from medium-weight knits. It's got an elasticated, high waist, and it fits snuggly (it has negative ease at the hips).
Based on the inspiration images, I've recommended a few of our jerseys and ponte di romas. Below is our white Rosalie viscose jersey with our black Romola ponte di roma. Rosalie is a heavier viscose jersey - much heavier than your average viscose jersey - and you can't see through this white one. Our Romola ponte di romas are really popular: they're hefty and pill-resistant.
Next, we have our grey and white striped organic cotton jersey paired with our black Romola ponte di roma. We have several colours of these striped organic cotton jerseys and they're all really lovely! They're also not too thin and you can't see through them.
Here's our black Aurele viscose jersey with our grey Romola ponte di roma. Our Aurele viscose jerseys are thinner than our Rosalie viscose jerseys. They hang beautifully, are wrinkle-resistant, and have a lovely, subtle sheen to them.
Finally, here's our monochrome striped ponte di roma - which is just a great, medium-weight striped ponte di roma!
This week's patterns are quite simple. While I love more complex patterns with fantastic details, I also enjoy working with simple patterns. Not only are they easy and fast to sew - so satisfying - but they are easy to change up and customise. The inspiration photos this week give some great ideas for customization:
- Add roll up cuffs to the top. There's a great tutorial on Salme's blog that shows you how to do this step-by-step.
- Make an oversized-version of Maritime: just make a bigger size!
- Add a centre front seam to Maritime. Here's a tutorial on Megan Neilsen's blog that shows you how to do this.
- Add a slit to the side seam of Shadi. See this great tutorial on Craftsy's blog for instructions.
Liesl + Co. Maritime Knit Top
£11.50 (£10.35 until noon on Monday!)
Level: level 1
Reviews: 2 reviews on PatternReview.com and both are positive
Similar patterns: Grainline Studio Lark; Tilly and the Buttons Agnes; Burda 6990; Sewaholic Renfrew