Let's start with the blouse....
I used New Look 6808 and a little bit of this vintage voile. I've had both of these in my stash for freakin forever. The voile was actually purchased by my mother and I've used it as a lining here and there but I thought it was too busy to use as an actual garment. But it was so damn soft I said screw it. It's a very narrow piece of fabric from selvadge to selvadge...like less than 30 inches so I decided to make view B of the pattern so I could squeeze it out of the just over a yard I had. Squeeze it out I did, with a few close calls and only scraps left. I was all ballsy, cut a straight size 12 and did this without a muslin. Then I basted up the side, yanked it over my boobs and then squealed that I could eliminate the zipper. Yay! The idea of a zip on the side of this shirt just bothered me.
I'll admit it's not a perfect fit. It sits a bit on top of my boobs a bit sometimes and it has a pucker here and there. It probably would have benefited from a slight FBA but I'm honestly too lazy to do all that if I can get away with it. This looks great from kind of far away but yeah...the sleeves are not even. The underarm of one has a little more to it than the underarm to the other. So like I said, don't look too closely. All in all, I call this a success and I plan on make a couple more variations of this pattern in the future. I really like it.
Now, on to the skirt. I made this using Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 2215. I made just the skirt using about a yard of 60" stretch camel polyester stuff. I dunno...garbardine maybe? I bought it for a pair of clovers last year (DISASTER!!) and have just been holding onto the scraps. This pattern is great. The pleats are so interesting because they aren't uniform. Again, I cut a straight size 12 and it was easy as pie to put together. Which means I had to completely screw it up. Completely. I made the mistake of sewing while my kids were awake. Not a good idea. In between potty breaks, diaper changes, drinks and snacks I put this down way too many times in one sitting. Every time I picked it back up I had to figure out where I had left off. The results of that? I installed the pockets and zipper backwards. I made the front the back and vice versa. At first I thought, NBD, I'll just wear it backwards...who will know? The problem is, the front pleats look better on the front and the back pleats look better on my butt (ya think?) so my solution is to wear the zipper on my right and let the pockets face backwards. I can pull them to the front easily but it mades the skirt sit funny on the zipper side and...again...if you look closely it's a mess. Which is a shame because I tried to make this one beautifully. The pocket lining matches the blouse and I handstitched the waistband and hem...But hey, ::said in my best Cher voice:: From far away it looks ok! I most certainly plan on making this again, and the next time I plan on putting it together the RIGHT way. Yay, go me! ha.
Really and truly, I LOVE this outfit. The skirt fabric is heavy enough to be able to layer over tights and the blouse is light enough to sit beautifully under a sweater or cardigan. I know that the blouse fabric is a little more spring like than fall but I think the colors lend themselves well to Autumn...am I right? I only second guess myself because my husband said, "that doesn't look like a Fall outfit!" when I tried it on. He truly knows nothing about fashion but still... criticism is criticism and I take it all to heart.