|The Pure and Simple Gang|
Having just finished my Coco jacket (post coming soon), I needed to make something fast and fun.
Louise Cutting's Pure and Simple Shell was perfect for the task. And A Fool For Fabric provided the needed inspiration with her gallery of Pure and Simple shells. I had to tweak a bit on the first one - size small through the shoulders, then slash and spread below - but it was mostly as advertised - Pure and Simple. Her instructions are such a delight to follow.
From left to right, they are out of silk charmeuse, linen, 7 ounce denim, and quilt-weight cotton purchased by DSIL in Mozambique. With one obvious exception, the fabrics were easy to sew. I did make the first one too large. That is why the denim one has a seam down the middle. I took the first one apart, made the needed changes and recut it. That forced a center front seams, which by the way is another vertical line.
|From the back|
The one problem child is pictured below. It is silk charmeuse, a remnant from my Coco jacket project. I was reminded over and over again why it is that Kenneth King says he'd rather chew glass than sew with silk charmeuse. I tried every silk trick I knew and it was still a slow challenging process. The hem was the worst. I may go back and bind it the way I did the neck and armscyes though not soon. Like maybe never.
Don't they look a little like the
linen Lennon sisters? For me, they sing.