Well, turns out the fabric stores are learning marketing tricks from the grocery stores and have placed some patterns at eye-level making them even harder to resist so I ended up with an extra. But I think this was $1 well spent.
I had this navy blue and white, houndstooth fabric laying around that I got a good deal on a couple of years ago. This just seemed like the perfect pattern to use it on. (I still have 2 1/2 more yards because when something is on sale, it becomes SO attractive! Am I right?)
And it turned into this:
|This two piece outfit looks like a dress when worn but I can wear the top with skinny jeans or the skirt with a white blouse. Versatile is the way to go!|
|Skirt Back with Vent.|
So, about the pattern. It was pretty easy to make. The darts are different than what you traditionally see but made for a good fit, and after rereading the directions a couple of times they made sense. The skirt was SUPER SIMPLE. The most difficult part for me was the binding. I don't do bound edges a lot so it took a while to get right. But now I feel more confident about doing them and they make for a really pretty and smooth hem. Both pieces have an invisible zipper but that is my favorite style so I consider that pretty simple too. As you know, practice makes everything easier.
Overall, I love this pattern. The darts make for easy fitting and pattern pieces are minimal which always makes me happy. I'm the girl who searches for recipes based on number of ingredients so that is quite appealing to me.
Fabric recommendations for the top and dress include not only woven types such as linen, sateen, batiks, brocade, crepe, poplin, and taffeta, but also sturdy knits such as ponte and double knit. My fabric is more of a double knit. It doesn't have a lot of stretch but enough to make sizing different than for a woven so I chose a smaller size than usual and it worked out perfectly. Usually I have trouble fitting the bust area but I didn't have to make any bust adjustments. I did however have to take in the sides. What you need to know is that your fabric choice and fit preferences play a big part with the top and dress. I had to take in the waist area which is unusual for me, but the fabric is a bit stiff so it stood out more than I liked and flared more than I like. If I were to use a fabric like crepe with a softer hand but no stretch, I would go up a size and work from there. It would probably lay closer to the body and the flare would be less of a problem.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this pattern from Simplicity and Cynthia Rowley. It can be fun and playful or dressy and dramatic. Plus the ease of construction makes it especially appealing. Enjoy!