butterick 8170: or, how i almost sewed with a plan (ctd)

skirt
how it fits on my chart:

the skirt, as designed, wraps around and has an oversized patch pocket on the front.  i decided, for my purple version, to eliminate both of these elements, although i can see making the skirt as-designed in another color.  i also shortened the skirt, but only slightly.  i wanted a few longer skirts for summer, because they would be cool and comfortable for walking around the concrete jungle that is NYC in the summer.

i love the way this pattern piece cuts:  it’s a full circle, cut out on a CB fold, so it has fantastic drape, which makes for fantastic shape.  since the skirt is designed to be part of a summer collection, i kept a few things constant with other projects:  white buttons, white thread on the buttonhole stitching, white bias tape on the interior seam finishes.  i did add 1/2″ horsehair braid to the hem, covering it as described in Lynda Maynard’s Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques.

top:

i never got there, but i intended to make a series of white button-down tops, using this tied-off pattern as one of my versions.  other abandoned (for now) white button-down tops:

Simplicity 3144 Vogue 9859
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