Jazz and batwings

Cabaret means a new outfit, right?

He who Cooks arranged tickets to hear an Australian jazz quartet last night. He also arranged pre show drinks and nibbles as well as after show dinner with two wonderful friends. What a guy!

My contribution to the evening was to sew something that coordinated with him.

Technical details


Pattern: Vogue 1291 style B, generously gifted to me from Ruth

Size: Sandra Betzina sizing A to J, I sewed an E.

Fabric. Polyester chiffon. Horrid fabric to sew. Shifty, fray just from looking at it and lots of bias seams in this design. Eek!

I tamed it with French seams throughout and a rolled hem, using my ‘old’ Janome because the new machine doesn’t have a rolled hem foot. Yet.


Pattern: Inspired by Burdastyle 07-2012-134.

I added inside out hem darts and a second narrow waist dart at the front to my standard pegged pencil skirt (04-2010-125 without the flounce). My standard skirt also got a centre back seam for the zip and split and a thin 1 cm waistband rather than a facing. My skirt is about 8 cm shorter than 07-2012-134.

I know the fashion photo doesn’t show a lot of the skirt, but it’s in my favourite colours, with a hibiscus and what looks to me like a chef in the background.

What’s not to love?

Size: 07-2012-134 comes in 44-52.

I made mine as a Sewingelle special: almost 44 hips and 42 waist with 1 cm swayback adjustment and a few other tweaks on the side seams after basting.

I love pencil skirts. So easy to get a custom fit.

Fabric: Medium weight white stretch cotton self stripe underlined with a lightweight cotton nylon spandex mix to stop underwear showthrough.

Conclusion after wearing? Great design. The top is super easy to wear. Thanks Ruth!

21 thoughts on “Jazz and batwings

    • We had a fabulous evening. Thanks again for the pattern. Did you make it up? I was thinking you must have because its cut out but I can’t find it on your blog.

      • I did indeed but not really a favourite of mine. I sort of liked it but not enough to make a song and dance (blog post) about it. Glad to see it went to a more appreciative home than I could give it.

  1. And I thought I was the only one who coordinated with what my husband was wearing. 🙂
    You two look great together! Lucky you to have a husband who can cook.

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