It’s just the cat’s meow…..it last fooooooooever, I wear it over and over and over (apparently I’m not the only one), and it’s just plain ole easy. I don’t have to sit and figure out what I’m going to wear, I just put on my classic outfits and I’m out the door or in my studio and the day’s already started!
As Yves St. Laurent, when asked what style would be the best for the newly opened Eastern Block of Europe should wear, said a black turtleneck and a black skirt. Some 20 years later that can be updated with a black pant too as Tim Gunn, has updated that to no woman should be without black leggings. But not all of us can wear black turtlenecks and black leggings, or maybe you’re just not comfy in black leggings and turtleneck. So what’s a gal to do?
Here are some great alternatives to that, that you can customize yourself, and although my techniques and methods aren’t centered around something quick and easy, this particular ensemble is.
This involves two patterns, that should be in your sewing room and you should be making them up as often as you like.
The first is that great classic KwikSew 2740. You can download this and have this cut out and made in an afternoon – it’s that quick – oh yeah, and you gotta get the fabric too!!! If you 1.) have a large chest, 2.) have a large bust and/or 3.) large difference between waist and bust, then you need an FBA, so put in an FBA for your knit. (You will thank me later).
The next is the bottom, and that’s a legging or a pant. If you don’t like leggings then this NewLook 6110 is going to be fab for you. And don’t use the top (or I’ll come getcha!!!), but the pant is fabulous.
It does need some work – and here’s a great pdf on how to do a boot leg cut on this pant. But here’s something even more fun as one of my students explains. She’s got nice shoulders and nice bust and tiny hips (yeah, grrrrr on that!!!), and she’s short, so she has to be very careful of proportion. She had just made the turtleneck (which before she said she really didn’t like, but remember this is one she made for herself and as a result she gets to personalize it just like she likes) and made the pants and we tweaked them with that boot cut which made them really sing (and she doesn’t even sing!!!!)
Here’s a video to explain this – but this is a GREAT outfit for the new year – you can put a gob of stuff with it, and these two patterns can be altered and varied in countless ways. The turtleneck pattern is particularly fabulous to vary – crew neck, scoop neck, mock turtle (not my fav), turtleneck (I make the top of the turtleneck – the part on the fold a little smaller cause I like necks tight), make it 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless (for yung’uns only), make it shorter (it’s pretty long to start with) ad an FBA and really the options are almost endless. I like to take this top and make it with a little lower crew neck and 3/4 length to wear under scratchy or semi-rough sweaters. I also use it for an insulation. I love making this up in a silk knit….Ann @ Gorgeous Fabrics has some and so does Lora@ Fabriques in Dallas, and Helen Enox has some great rayon-esque knits that are to die for!!! The top knit should be about 40% to 50% stretch and the pants don’t have to be anything more than 35% to 40% (whereas a good legging fabric must be 50% and over). The knits on Spoonflower (the performance knit and cotton interlock are only 25% stretch) are a little tricky, but you can check them out here.
This NewLook is also great for a knit that isn’t quite as stretchy as you might need for a slim leg pant, but won’t stretch enough for a legging. This falls into the 30% to 40% stretch fabric. If you have something that doesn’t quite stretch enough for leggings, you can use this NewLook 6110 and taper in the leg as you like or for what is most comfy.
This is my perfect look for feasting!!!!
So for feasting or for just hanging around and looking great and being comfy, these two patterns are fabulous and stylish.
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