This is a double whammy pattern – skirt and blouse in one neat packet. How much do I love this pattern combo? A lot. A LOT, A LOT! It’s just great for a casual, yet smart outfit.
The sewing community seems torn on the blouse. The construction takes a lot of care – it’s entirely composed of French seams that meet in a patchwork combo that tests any Sewist’s skills. And yet, I’ve read the phrase ‘hospital scrubs‘ applied to this top. (Hello, Beth!) Fair enough. If you don’t like roomy, you won’t like this top. You will need to wear a vest beneath it, in order to save your modesty when bending over. But for myself? I LOVE both versions I’ve made of this top. On those days when you slightly want to hide your body, without wearing a Hessian sack, this fits the bill.
But this is my first time making the skirt. Thoughts? Oh V1247 skirt, when will you marry me? It’s not that taxing. I cut out one evening, and sewed together the following evening. It isn’t lined, but I don’t find that a problem on skirts this length and structure. They don’t embarrass themselves (or you) too much, even when worn with leggings or tights.
I added three inches to the length of this skirt – that’s how short the original pattern is. I cut out according to my measurements, but ended up taking in the skirt side seams quite a lot. Even then, I had to shave more off at the waist in order to give myself room for a buttonhole on the waistband. What gives? All pieces were cut out to the same measurements. Meurgh. (That’s me shrugging.)
The front pockets? Aren’t they the sweetest thing in the world? The construction is really interesting – internal shot coming up…
The pocket seam lines are all finished with bias tape, as you can see. It goes without saying that I expected to foul up this step. But, hey – I didn’t! So don’t be scared of this stage. It’s not as hard as it reads. The pattern suggests finishing every single skirt seam with bias binding. Um, no. Not when there’s an overlocker in the house.
I really, really love the V1247 pattern package. It’s not for everyone. Think carefully about whether or not a blousy top and short skirt appeal to you. But if this is your bag, I am going to promise you won’t regret investing in this pattern. The skirt’s so miniature it’s an obvious stash buster. The blouse is what I would call ‘academically’ interesting – it makes you think. Plus, you end up with the perfect weekend outfit.
Talking of weekends… What are you up to, peeps? Any sewing planned? Me? I’m going to the theatre, darlinks.