I was excited to finally sew something using my recently finished duct tape dress form. I made the Market Blouse and skirt from the Lisette Pattern, Simplicy 2211.
These were not necessarily made with intentions to be worn together. Although, I guess they don't look that bad together, but I just thought I would take pictures with them this way and save on time.
I love that the dress form is just my size so the clothes look the same on it as they would on me, that way I don't have to try to take a self portrait.
The shirt is made from the pink Lisette shirting. It has no stretch to it. First I made a muslin in a size 10 because that is what the pattern back said my measurements were. It was bigger than I wanted it to be so for the pink shirt I cut out a size 6. I even took in more on the sides than the 5/8" seam allowance so it would fit me better in the waist. Because there is no stretch to the fabric, it is a bit difficult to get off but not terribly impossible and very doable.
I love the sleeves, and the neck and button details. I wasn't so sure about the button placket at first and left it off. Later, after I was all done, I decided it was too plain and I went back to add it. I'm really glad I did. I jokingly asked my husband if it looked like I was going to a picnic. He said "It looks like you are the picnic."
I matched up the plaids on the button placket pretty well, and the collar too, but when I sewed the collar on it didn't really want to match up... Oh well, It's kind of nice to have it off a bit so it's slightly visible.
(haahaa, not really, If I was to do it again I would match it exactly, that's how anal I am.)
The skirt is made from some blue fine wale corduroy I have had for a long time. It was also used in this pouch. The front of the skirt is shown above in the first image, and this is the back. Pretty much the same though.
I used an invisible zipper instead of a regular one. I still need to choose buttons for the four tabs. But I have a hard time committing to buttons.
The skirt pleats kept flipping inside out and hanging funny when I tried on the skirt and walked around in it. I'm thinking it may have something to do with the corduroy rubbing against itself. To solve the problem, I tacked the inside of each pleat down in two places by hand. The tacks are so small and go through to the front of the skirt, but you can't see them. That keeps them hanging flat and not inverting. Wearing a half slip with this will also help keep it draping down nicely. I'm a big advocate of slips, haahaa, they are the best.