Make 9 (outfits) update #2
My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete! I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear. Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.
Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage. But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt.
But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard. And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!
Let’s talk about this fabric. This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time. It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI. But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.
Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique. It can be done to many different substrates. This substrate is a thicker cotton. It’s really soft and nice to wear. I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available. However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla. I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric. Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!
The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape. It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!
The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics.
I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.
The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias. I love the shape and style lines of this skirt. I did add length to the skirt. The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long. (Hello long legs!) I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem. It came out just right!
The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable. But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear. I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.
For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!
Here’s what I ended up with:
Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns
Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics
Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias
Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics
Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.
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