Not very sensibly, I decided in the week before Christmas that I wanted a new outfit to wear on the day, but at least I was sensible enough to use straightforward patterns I had made before which cut down on tracing, cutting and fitting time.
The skirt is BurdaStyle 04/2011-124 (previously made as a modified version in green eyelet here). This time I kept all the seams in the skirt, the only change being to shift the zip from the side back to the side for no other reason than I didn't read the instructions!
I used this floral fabric, something like a jacquard or matelasse, it's quite stiff which works well for a party skirt to give it some structure and I love the dark, moody, oil painting-like quality of the flowers.
|Reverse side of fabric showing the texture|
|Side zip, you can also just see the fabric texture here too|
The top is Style Arc's Madeleine Ponte top. I first made this (here)in a medium weight polyester knit really as a test version so the insides were unfinished and I really rushed it. I ended up wearing that top until the fabric pilled like mad so a remake or two are long overdue. This version is much more successful, mostly due to fabric choice - I guess it is called the Madeleine Ponte top for a reason!
I made a size 10 and nipped it in a bit at the waist. Having made this before, I knew I could get away without the zip so left that off and eliminated the vertical centre back seam also. The front band does still need to be secured in a few places on the front to keep it in place even in the recommended fabric; I just stitched in the ditch of the seam in a few places.
I do think this would be easy enough to extend to a sheath dress and I might give that a whirl especially as I now have a healthy (or perhaps that should be unhealthy!) stack of ponte knits.
Here I am wearing the pieces together - despite the lack of planning and time spent on the outfit, it really was perfect for the day and it's a combination I will definitely be using again.
I think the print is quite wintery even though it is floral so I tried the skirt with boots and a jacket too for a slightly more dressed down look and to prove that this skirt needn't be just for Christmas!