The blouse was easy peasy since I had just finished one. The gingham fabric is 100% cotton and very lightweight. I did use a special coarse sew in interfacing for the collar and cute pearl rose buttons.........I love decorative buttons. Since the pattern was already adjusted, I sewed this up in no time.
For the skirt: I choose a 100% cotton twill black fabric (From the stash). I love how easy the twill holds the pleats, and again it is very lightweight. I cut and sewed a size 16 pattern. Normally I do a muslin test for a new pattern, but I sewed it on the fly and did have to loose a front pleat and extend the waist band an inch so I would have a little more room. Fortunately the pleats are not evenly spaced, so loosing a pleat was no big deal. What I truly love about this skirt is the pockets! Side zipper pockets were a mystery to me, but the pattern's instructions were really easy to understand. Overall the pattern was easy to sew and went together quickly!
Check out the photo from the Show. I wish I had put my hands in the pockets to show them off..........but I was working and this was quickly photographed. Of course I would have straightened my blouse too!
|B&W Gingham blouse with pleated Skirt|