Last week, I received my order from MarcyTilton.com which contained the black rainwear for my raincoat and some black light-weight ponte from the same fabric line as the blue above. It's FABULOUS just like the description states and perfect for...
... interpreting some ideas from one of my favourite lines of clothing - Sympli. This is a Canadian company based in Vancouver, BC that I discovered a few years ago. Although I don't own any of their clothing, I'm fascinated by the layering aspects. If you click through to the site and look at the collections, you'll see that the garments are all shown on the same model which also allows you to see the illusions each style creates. That alone is fascinating but it also allows me to chose the lines that will flatter my figure.
The ponte I bought from Marcy reminds me of the fabrics used in these collections. It has to be quality to get the right swish and flow in the garments. When I looked at the site a few weeks ago, there were pages with information about each garment and a price but not this week when I went looking for the links. Perhaps I was looking at a different site but the prices in my notes will give you an idea. The first top is the Mimic Top for $139.00. The next blue one is the Go To T for $129.00 and the third one is the Getaway Hoodie for $189.00.
The Mimic Top earlier and the Duo Diva Top above have similar lines to my favourite Katherine Tilton pattern Vogue 8691 and since that pattern is goof proofed and tested, I'll use it and my version will cost $27.00. Numbers like that make me glad I sew.
The Tulip Pant reminds me of Marcy's out of print Vogue 8712. As designed, the pants are more capri length. When I sewed them in July of 2012, I lengthened them and used a very stable knit. I've worn these pants a lot. They go well with many different styles of tops and would - IMHO - look great in the black knit.
I'm not as confident with a skirt pattern. I think I "should" sew an A-line skirt but I don't find those as flattering to my figure as is so often stated. Soft is an important factor otherwise they just keep widening the hips which can also be true of a straight skirt that is wide all the way down. There has to be some kind of taper which is not necessarily the best shape for walking around on a holiday. I love the tulip shape but it doesn't layer as well as some styles.
What I'd really like is something fun like Marcy's Vogue 9060 which - again - may not layer as well with tops although I have sewn it already so I can try different tops on with it before committing. AND... I could try on some of the Sympli clothing. Using the store locator, there is - supposedly although I've never seen this line there - one retailer here in town and three just over an hour away but no rush. I have plenty to sew first.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - feeling somewhat better
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in.