I've been a bit frantic the past week. My church's annual Christmas Cantata starts this weekend. Three performances beginning Friday, and an additional performance next week. I've lost track as to whether it's in its eighth or ninth year. I accompanied the choir on piano all but two of those years. This year I'm an alto in the choir and I needed something 'jewel toned' to wear with a dark skirt. Seeing as this is the holiday season (meaning Christmas and New Year's Eve are both right around the corner), I didn't think I'd have much of a problem finding something to wear. I couldn't have been more wrong.
After searching everywhere, and I mean everywhere (even stores I never shop in) it became clear I had to make something. I had to go to 4 fabric stores before I finally found something that would work for me. Being a redhead is sometimes difficult. I don't wear red. It has to be the 'right' purple. Green would be great, but apparently it's not 'in' this year because it was really scarce. I'm pretty sure Peacock Blue doesn't technically qualify as a 'jewel tone', but that's the color I'm going with.
No silk shantung in stock, so I had to go with the poly version. Fortunately, I have a favorite blouse pattern, so I at least I knew the pattern would work and the fit wouldn't be a problem. Burda pattern #8497 to the rescue.