The skirt was cut last winter and forgotten. I was on a skirt kick, but then got tired of churning out skirts, one after another. Also, as I think I mentioned, I came to a standstill when I got to the bound buttonholes on the back vent. There's something very scary about cutting random holes in a garment, i.e. making buttonholes. I'm glad I finally finished this UFO. The pattern is Vogue 8542, c1992. The number has been reused for another pattern, and I was unable to locate a picture on the internet. Of course, I did not have the presence of mind to take a picture of the envelope until after I'd downloaded the other photos, so you'll just have to accept a description. It's a pegged straight skirt - 3 panels in front, 4 in the back. Given the vintage of the pattern, the lengths are rather odd for to-day, so that got altered. In the original pattern, the almost-ankle length skirt has buttonholes on the back vent, and I used that detail on my version.
The fabric is a grey wool gabardine - not one of my favourite fabrics, because it always wants to be difficult. Pressing properly takes forever. I can't figure out why, despite being very careful, I ended up with little divets in the fabric fold next to each buttonhole. This happened after I finished the wrong side of the buttonhole. Yes, there's proper interfacing in there. I basted around each buttonhole, before starting the hand sewing. As for the odd placement of the last buttonhole - that wasn't planned that way. I made a "calculation error" when snipping off fabric for the mitre at the bottom of the vent, and had no choice, but to shorten the skirt a bit, and that threw off my careful buttonhole planning. See - it is scary cutting random holes in fabric! I decided that since I cannot see my back side when I'm wearing this skirt - I will ignore the shortcomings and wear it anyway.
The blouse is Vogue 2634.
Well, that's the pattern I started with, then I made some changes. I wanted a blouse with a big floppy bow. Looked through all my "floppy bow" patterns. Seems they all require a fair bit of fabric. I only had 2 yards (not even metres!) of this polyester print. How to make it work for the look I wanted? Well - I did a lot of chopping and redrawing. First I lowered the front neck edge a little and made it a bit of a V. I extended the back over the shoulder to give the look of a yoke front. The front dart got moved to the shoulder and became tucks into the yoke. I wanted gathers, but by the time I get through alterations for a small bust, there's not much of a dart left, and gathers looked like puckers - not a good look. The sleeve got widened and the cuff got a few tweaks also. OK, OK - I should have taken more detail pictures to show, but - the way things are going at the moment, we're lucky to have taken these. Besides, I'm still trying to figure out a "system" for getting things set up for a post. One of these days I'll figure it out and be able to a blow-by-blow story. (I'm in awe of those people who do tutorials with pictures of every step.)
Last note - may-be I need Rosy's son's opinion on whether this look is too Miss Marple? I have been overdosing on Miss Marple and Poirot DVDs, and that's probably why I decided that I needed this floppy bow look.