Last week I had a burst of sewing activity: an outfit for C to wear to my brother's wedding.
A nice way to start maternity leave I thought, although I knew I was being somewhat overambitious.
A bout of craft apathy delayed anything other than thinking about the styles and fabrics until 5 days before the wedding when I finally started pattern tracing and fabric cutting.
In the end I ditched the planned pants (I got half way through and realised that they were going to be way too big- he could wear some other pants instead), and the buttons were sewn on the jacket about a minute before we left the house (although I confess the reason we missed the start of the ceremony (oops) was really the bad hair day I was having).
But bedecked in a little Liberty Tana Lawn shirt, purple silk tie, and striped mod blazer, our young offspring cut a dashing figure as we mingled with the other guests, and particularly when he hit the dancefloor.
All the patterns were from this Japanese pattern book, which has been in my stash for a few years now, and is being put to good use.
The shirt was a bit fiddly (particularly putting the collar in- plenty of careful clipping required), and getting the tie to sit and stay sitting tie-like took a while, but the jacket came together really easily (easiest set in sleeves I've done for a long long time- the result of the well drafted pattern I think).
More details over at Sewing Circle.
The overall look received plenty of compliments- certainly not the least being from C himself, insisting he wear the same outfit the following day to the post wedding celebratory Russian-style bbq.
(and what did I wear? This top, teamed with a very stretchy black pencil skirt, black leggings and these shoes)
(and the wedding? great fun!)