Fabrics: Burgundy broadcloth for blouse and skirt lining. Embroidered organza for skirt overlay.
This is a two piece ensemble, blouse and skirt, with an early 1950s silhouette. There really isn't much to the skirt. It's just a wide panel (3 yards) box pleated to a waistband with a placket at the back with buttons. The burgundy lining as an embroidered overlap.
*Ignore the white you can see at the bottom of the skirt. That is just the petticoat I use for my dress form, which is tad too long for this skirt.
Pining for the box pleats.
~The Blouse. Simplicity 1460, view C~
This pattern is very simple and went together quickly. The scalloped neckline is achieved with a facing turned under. The pattern doesn't call for edge stitching, but I went ahead and added that. Otherwise, the pattern is as-is, unaltered for the envelope. The buttons are self covered, 5/8". The facings are interfaced with fusible, which gives the extra layer and strength you need for the buttonholes.
|Front piece and facing piece.|
It looks a bit baggy up top, but that's because this dress form is petite and has a shorter torso than average. On an average frame, I found that the waist for this pattern sits just right =)
The primary fittings are done with double side darts. According to the package, the overall body ease of the blouse is 3", and I found that was pretty accurate.