There's a road trip in my future and I really wanted some easy to wear travel clothes. I used pulled out my handy dandy Burda 6990 pattern (previously sewn & blogged here and here) and cut out View D, the raglan turtleneck top. I then whipped out another favorite of mine, Vogue 8663 (sewn & blogged here, here and here) and spliced the skirt from it to the Burda top. The real star of this show is the Merino Wool PowerDry knit fabric! More on that below.
I traced the lower edge of the Vogue dress to the bodice of the raglan shirt-- it's a bit more fitted that the top. I wish I went a little lower with the bodice length, the waistline hits a tad higher then I normally like but not really an issue. I kept the back center seam on the skirt in the name of being thrifty with using my fabric. And I LOVE this fabric!! It went through my machine and serger like buttah! No puckering, stretching or those common issues with knits. I did use my walking foot on my regular machine along with a ball point needle.
I picked up this Polartec Merino wool blend PowerDry knit fabric a few months ago from an insane sale online at Mill Yardage. I paid a glorious $3 a yard for this stuff! They had a clearance sale getting rid of seconds or damaged yardage-- the issue with this fabric... there is an occasional hole on the layer of wicking material on the reverse side, this has no effect on the technical properties or overall quality what so ever. What's so great about this fabric? Their website describes it this way : Adding Merino Wool to this style means an odor fighting benefit! This soft, stretchy fabric isn't just the best technical underwear of the outdoor market, it is ideal for shirts and aerobic wear. It outperforms all next-to-skin fabrics on the market because its patented construction has two unique surfaces: the soft inner layer rapidly wicks perspiration away from the body, while the durable outer layer spreads moisture for maximum evaporation.
I doubt I will be sweating like a pig in the dress or shirt and using all that lovely wicking potential it has, but it's a lovely warm layer I can build on with a cardigan, heavier tights, a coat, etc. I've worn both the dress and the shirt already this week and am loving it. I get so freakishly cold in the winter and a turtleneck dress with extra warming properties is #1 in my book. Mill Yardage has a couple more colors of this fabric, be it $10/yard, I'm considering buying some. The fabric has a sweater-y feel, is thin but opaque. The right side does have a slight wooly feel, but is soft and may feel a tad scratchy if you're sensitive to wool. The reverse side is very soft and seems to have no wool content.
And here's another one of those sewing blogger "I'm looking at the floor and appear to be very contemplative" shots. I never have that feeling ever when I am taking photos for my blog. It's more like, "hurry up before the neighbors start gawking" or "hurry up before my 3 year old runs into the street while I take this photo."
I like my shirt. I like my dress. I will make more for I am the practical seamstress. Now that I've whipped out so many easy peasy projects, I'm going to cut out my materials for my winter coat FINALLY. I will try to share progress as I go. I've completed a muslin (two actually, one was a failure but that's what they are for.) I've pulled all the components together-- lining, various interfacings, interlining, buttons, so on and so forth. Onward!!