This is the second co-ord set I’ve made in the last few weeks and today it’s the Uzma top and Ezra skirt by Fibremood. My other recent co-ord can be seen here. I like the mix-and-match potential of a two-piece set, so many outfit possibilities.
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My fabric for this project is a soft and pliable linen/viscose blend with tones of green and off-white in it. I bought it from Lamazi Fabrics but I think I bought the last on the roll (sorry!) They do have a lovely range of linens and linen blends though so it’s worth a browse. I originally bought mine thinking I would make a dress with it but I realised I’d got a bit more than I needed and that I could get a couple of items out of it instead, so the idea of another co-ord set was born.
I’d been wanting to try out the Uzma top for a while and I already had the Ezra pattern in my pattern collection and they seemed like they might be ideal partners for each other. Some of you might remember that I’ve made the Ezra skirt before here. I’m afraid I don’t reach for that version as much as I used to because it’s a little snug around my hips now and I’m not quite as keen on the midi length. I decided to make my next version almost ankle length and to leave it unlined and a little looser in fit to keep me cool.
The skirt was easy an project. There are just two seams with one of them offset towards the front where there are some gathers and a slit. I like the simple facing finish along the waistline. I didn’t have a concealed zip (which I would have preferred) so I went with a regular lapped one instead. The slit turn-backs and the hem are lightly interfaced and those corners at the bottom of the slit are mitred.
The Uzma top has a square neck at the back and front and it’s slightly cropped. I sometimes find Fibremood patterns to be a bit wide across my neck and shoulders so I quickly did a mock-up using an old sheet. I’m glad I did because I had to take some width from the back and front by folding out a bit down the middle. There are no bust darts in this top and I probably could have left it as is but I decided that my top hung from my bust a bit better with them in so I marked my bust point on the pattern and drew a small dart. Obviously, the darts would take up a bit of length at the sides so I had to add some length back on at the hemline for the side seams to match.
I strayed a bit from the instructions for the all-in-one neck and armhole facing by using the burrito method. I always think that Fibremood instructions make this bit of the process unnecessarily complicated and I love doing the burrito method. Here’s an inside photo for you:
And I added lingerie loops for my bra too. These help keep my neckline in place.
I have to say that both of these pieces were a real pleasure to sew. I love sewing with linen! I’m really chuffed with how the whole outfit looks as well. It feels quite glam 🙂 I can’t wait to wear it out to dinner on holiday and to have fun creating some mix-and-match outfits.
How’s your Summer sewing going? (Or Winter sewing for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). And are you a fan of linen? Let me know in the comments.
See you soon!