Aviator-Style Skirt and Blouse
Added Feb 10, 2012
Just completed last night and waiting for a final pressing! From BurdaStyle Magazine 10/2010 Page 28. Blouse 102 and Skirt 105. I seldom make clothes to look exactly as they appear in pattern catalogues or magazines but this one was irresistible. It reminded me of the kind of clothes worn by Rebecca in the old Disney Tale Spin Cartoon. How could I resist? As a bonus a camel color skirt and a loose beige blouse are both wardrobe basics that can be worn any season and will not go out of style. The blouse can be worn as is or it can be layered with colorful tanks, tees and other tops underneath. The fit of the skirt is quite flattering for me: I tend to be a bit think in the hips and midsection and the gentle drape in the front and the slight A-line makes the waist look narrower and doesn’t emphasize the hips as much as a straight or fitted skirt. The vertical lines of the skirt also visually elongate the look of the skirt, making me look (I hope!) longer a little leaner. The length is just below the knee, very flattering and not clunky or
The skirt was quite simple to make. The camel colored wool flannel is from Len’s Mill Store. It has a twill weave and a slightly napped surface. It’s very soft and drapes well. All the pattern marking must be traced off the pattern sheet and all the markings must be transferred to the fabric. It’s impossible to “eyeball” or guess at the placement of the pleats. I used good old fashion thread tracing and tailor’s tacks because they are the most precise. I used large brass snaps for closing in the front. The skirt is lined with some beige bemberg rayon lining.
The shirt is made exactly as directed in the magazine. It’s from soft rayon challis in a basic ivory beige again From Len’s Mill Store. The buttons are vintage-style ivory mother of pearl cut and carved into a flower shape. Once again, marking is critical, especially for placing the pockets so they end up symmetrical and evenly placed between the right and left. Nothing -to my eyes -looks worse than one pocket higher and smaller than the other. I used modern water removable blue marking pen for the blouse. The shirt is very loose fitting: given a chance to do it again I will go one size smaller.
A very nice outfit when worn together and both pieces will also work as separates. They both offer plenty of styling options. The blouse can go everywhere from beach to the office while the skirt can be everything from work wear with heels and a jacket to casual Saturday afternoon with tights. boots and a sweater.
Skirt: 100% wool twill weave flannel in a rich camel color From Len’s Mill Store in Waterloo.
Blouse: 100% rayon challis broadcloth in ivory beige from Len’s Mill Store in Waterloo. The rayon was pre-washed in the machine several times before cutting so it could be machine washable once made up.