Added Aug 17, 2012
I inherited this lovely lightweight fabric from my mum’s fabric collection, and I wanted to make something special with it because I thought it was so pretty and old fashioned looking. But the summers are so short here in Ontario and I didn’t want to make yet another cute summer dress that would sit in my closet for most of the year. So I decided to make a top and a skirt, that look like a dress when worn together. The blouse is self-drafted from my bodice block. I just let the darts out a bit, and added a waistband and peplum. I had to fiddle with it quite a bit, but I’m pleased with the results. I drafted the sleeves using a tutorial on Gertie’s Blog for Better sewing (linked below). The skirt is made from a 1970’s pattern that I found in my mum’s old pattern stash. It has a nice full skirt and pockets,(which are very necessary for me). I think the dress look has a nice vintage feel. I’ll probably make a removable cotton lining slip for the skirt so that I can wear it in the fall when it gets a bit cooler. The blouse will be nice in the winter under a blazer or cardigan.
Link for drafting a band sleeve: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/drafting-simple-band-sleeve.html
Woven rayon (I think it is, at least. Definitely something synthetic, maybe a blend).
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