I’m super pumped to share this make with you for two reasons. 1. This the first time ever that I’ve made a complete outfit. I made the top and I made the pants. How dope is that? And 2, this particular outfit is one that I’ve never thought that I could pull off and, I think I kinda nailed it.
I never believed that high waisted skirts, pants or shirts suit my body type. And while I still think it true, I also think there can be exceptions to any rule. As I’ve gotten older I’m less and less interested in hearing myself talk about my flaws. I feel this way even more so after having two children. Pushing out two kiddos from the extraordinary pathway we call the vagina, after carrying them for at least 9 months EACH, has a way of making one appreciate their body. So let’s move on and I’ll tell you why I think the Winslows by Helen’s Closet work for me.
The Winslow pattern has several views (or options) for shorts, culottes, and pants. Let me tell you, I love Palazzo pants, and I kinda’ don’t care if they’re still in style this year or not. I had a couple pairs in high school and I’m so happy to have a new pair in my closet now. The Winslows have a lot of body because of the box pleat in the front and back. The back pleats make all the difference for me.
Another feature that I like is the pockets. My 4-year daughter loses her shit when she gets a new dress with pockets and I completely get it. They hold stuff. I have stuff that needs holding.
The Winslows are super simple to make. The invisible zipper may be the trickiest part but with a little practice, is easily implemented. Even more easily implemented, is the Nikko turtleneck by True Bias. OMG, I want to make like three more. After I finished the Winslows, I decided, on a whim but with a lot of faith, to make this top to pair it with and by the next day I had finished it. The only problem I had is that the neckband is a little too tight and kind of hard to get over my head. But with a little meddling with my serger, I think I can fix that issue the next time around.
The fabric that I chose for the Nikko is something that I stumbled upon at Joann Fabrics. It is a Poly/Rayon/Spandex blend called Slub Rib Paloma Grey. It is really lovely and super affordable. Even after making one Nikko from the last 1.3 yards left at my neighborhood store, I have enough to make another version with sleeves. I made the Winslows out of the infamous Tencel twill, 3 yards that I bought from Fabric.com via Amazon. It’s easy to sew, has a lovely drape and airy coolness about it. Perfect for Houston weather.
This outfit is a milestone for me. I feel wonderful in it and even more empowered by sewing than ever before. What a wonderful skill to have. I am really, really looking forward to my next project.