Skirt with blouse on Lady Harriet (my dress form).
Detail of Red Skirt Prior to Stitching
Detail of skirt with self-fabric trim once zigzagged and frayed.
Detail of jacket and button.
Enlarged detail of self-fabric trim on red skirt, prior to stitching.
My mother's pattern from 1968 that I used for the blouse.
This dress sat half-finished in a bag for about five years. It hits me just at the knee. I love the whimsical print and the retro feel of the pattern.
Two new pieces. I call the skirt "Dovima".
The pattern I used. I started out to do the option with the butterfly sleeves, but it was too fussy. The final product is like the one on the model.
Detail of hand-picked zipper.
The blouse and jacket laid flat. That lovely shawl collar nearly did me in!
I made the white dress above from this, my favorite dress pattern. I've made three very different dresses from this and love wearing them all.
My granny's pattern from 1953 that I used for the jacket. The skirt was a basic modern pattern with a little zest supplied by necessity and my mother's imagination, as well as my own.
Close-up of the sweetheart neckline.
The inside of the finished garment. I rarely take the time to fully line and carefully finish my pieces. The dotted Swiss was so lovely I worked hard to make it as perfect as possible. The effect was worth it.
Back view showing the princess seams and peplum. Lady Harriet was a big help with fitting. Couldn't have done it without her.