The New To Me challenge over at The Monthly Stitch inspired me to try a few patterns I’ve had my eye on for a while. Naturally a skirt was in order, and since I’m working on my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, a shirt to go with it. First up, the skirt. I’ve loved every single version of the Syrah skirt by Selvage Designs I’ve seen, and had been waiting for a good excuse to sew it. The perfect fabric from JoAnn’s was just waiting my endeavors. This fabric is flowy and swishy and a little slinky and just perfect for the Syrah skirt pattern. I lengthened the Syrah skirt pattern to adjust for my 6 foot tall frame. The ruched waistband is an added touch that makes the pattern really unique. I’ve been having trouble with tunneling on my double needle hems, so I let this skirt hang unhemmed for about a week while I researched the problem. This also allowed the tissue knit hang out all the unevenness, and it’s probably the best hem I’ve ever made! Oh, the solution for the tunneling? (That’s the proper terminology for the annoying little bubble of fabric that pops up between the two lines of stitching when using a double needle to create hem.) Fusible wonder under tape. It was magical, and my hem is perfect perfection! For the top, I made the Parisan top. I’ve had my eye on this top since it was released by Pattern Anthology. I really love all the special details. Of course the collar (which can be made from either knit or woven fabric) drew me to the pattern first. The banded sleeves and hem mean no double needle hemming required. The sleeves make me all heart eyes with the gathering at the cap. I did widen the shoulders to accomidate my wide shoulders, (and could have gone another inch!) and shorten the sleeves to above the elbow for summer. The fabric for this top is a stable knit, also from JoAnn’s. Another outfit for summer and two more new patterns added to the stash! I’d call that a success. I’m getting close to finishing my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, just a few more items to complete it!