Dorothy Gale would appreciate the blue gingham and 40s-vibe of this ensemble, don't you think? This is a combo of a contemporary pattern with a vintage one: the skirt is an early 50s pattern and the blouse is a current Simplicity offering that I made a couple crucial design changes on.
The blouse is Simplicity 2501.
I made view C but omitted the weird bow-collar-thing:
I drafted a convertible collar in its place. Much better, I think! I mean, I love bows and all, but that one was just a little biz-ZAAH (as Heidi Klum would say).
I made a size 16 and it fit pretty much perfectly - good thing since I didn't make a muslin. It was one of those days that I just felt like diving into a project. A gamble, but Lady Luck was with me! I totally dig the waistband and peplum action on this pattern.
I found these cool blue velvet buttons at M&J Trim. The fabric is a stretch gingham that I bought from Gorgeous Fabrics last summer.
The skirt is from a 1950s pattern (purchased from this lovely seller) that was a lot more exciting on the envelope than it is made up. I mean, there's nothing wrong with it, but I was expecting a bit more drama from the illustration:
It's a simple a-line in the front:
And it has more fullness in the back. (Oh my god, it's like the skirt version of a mullet!)
I made it in a fantastic wool gabardine that I got half-off in the Paron's Annex. It doesn't wrinkle at all! Luckily I have enough left over to make another Jenny bow skirt.
All in all, I give a thumbs-up to both these pieces - they're nice basics with a very WWII vibe to them.
It was a warm, sunny day here so we took the camera up to the roof and took these pictures. We have a lovely view of Manhattan - Dorothy's definitely not in Kansas anymore!
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