Do you ever wonder if anyone actually ever makes all the views on those Big 4 patterns that contain a top, skirt, and jacket? Have you ever done it? I did, today.
After making my much beloved top from Lisette for Butterick 6464, which I blogged about in my last post, I decided to make the skirt and kimono jacket. I didn’t make them match each other, thinking I would wear all of the pieces separately. But somehow, I don’t think they look half bad together!
I prefer the ensemble without the jacket. I put the top on for the photo to see how it would look with the skirt and I like them together. My top could use a good press. I love this rayon fabric from The Confident stitch . I wore it a lot during the heat wave we had last week. The skirt is a dark blackish brown ponte knit left over from this dress.
The skirt has side panels and I top stitched them to flatten the bulky look made by my serger. I made a straight size 12 in the skirt with no alterations. I used my coverstitch machine for the hem. This will make a good basic piece for fall and winter. It’s a bit too hot, for now.
The skirt only has three pattern pieces; one middle, one side, and one yoke. The front is identical to the back. I thought that was odd, as the backs of skirts are usually bigger, but it fits fine. I thought about adding it to the Pattern review pencil skirt contest this week. I love contests! But it’s a dull piece for a contest, and it definitely wasn’t inspired by a musician or a song.
I found the silk crepe for five dollars a yard at my favorite spot in downtown LA, and right away I knew it was perfect for the kimono jacket. I washed and dried it first, and the fabric bled a little . I was disappointed and did my best to cut around the parts that bled. There are no guarantees down there!
The jacket is a bit too wide and boxy looking. And the color might not be that great on me. But I like it. Lily says it reminds her of a banana slug. Aren’t teenagers pleasant?
All in all a good pattern I would recommend! Just keep in mind the top is a bit short.