The first two things were actually sewn several weeks ago. They are the first pieces of fabric from my NY trip that I cut into. While I really liked this plaid fabric, I didn't buy very much of it. When I decided I wanted to sew it up, I was hoping to make a paneled pencil skirt with the center panel being cut on the bias. However, when I tried to fit all the pattern pieces on the fabric, it was impossible to make it work. In the end, I made just a plain skirt using McCall's 3830.
I guess I'm not unhappy with it, but not as excited about it as I was hoping. The colors look a little off in these pictures (true colors here). This is a tried-and-true pattern for me, so the fit is good and it was a very quick sew.
The top is also made from NY fabric. I was really happy with the feel of the fabric, but it was a little more transparent than I liked so I used Sherry's tutorial and doubled the front. Her instructions are very good. In the end, you have a doubled front and back with a fold at the hem. I'm quite happy to skip a hem and I like the clean finish.
I tend to be wary of embellishments, particularly of creating them myself. But, here I was feeling brave and decided to add strips of fabric around the neckline. I give the finished result mixed reviews, but I'm telling myself that it's good to try something different. I've worn and washed the top a few times now and the strips are much more raw-looking and curled at the edges. I think it looks better now than it does in the picture here.
I used Kwik Sew 3338, one I've used a few times prior (pre-blog). I was pretty sure this was a good fitting pattern, but I don't think this white top turned out to be a good fit, particularly in the shoulder. I've had this problem with other Kwik Sew patterns and I think I just need to do a forward shoulder adjustment for them from now on. The shoulder seam sits to the back of my shoulder point and that leaves fabric in the sleeve to bunch up a bit on the back of my arm.
I also could have taken it in at the waist or graded out at the hips as it doesn't sit very smoothly through my mid-section. Even though I'm not that happy with the fit of this top, I've worn it a few times already, proving that it fills a hole in my wardrobe. I feel like I should replace it with something better. Maybe next summer...