This skirt has never fit me properly, but I recently lost a teensy little bit of girth and now it fits better if I wear it back-to-front, which in fact I never tried before. Do you think anyone will notice?? In case they laugh, I am equipped with a foam sword. And a miniature blue trowel.
This skirt is one of the first things I ever made from a Burda magazine (issue 7/2009, pattern 111). It's supposed to be a button front a-line skirt with patch pockets on the front, but I turned the button openings into mock button openings and added a side zipper - just because I was concerned about gaping.
I don't know if you can really see the buttons but they are just about my most favourite buttons ever; they look as though they've been henna tattooed!
I think the skirt fabric is a linen blend (see me thinking?).
The top is also from Burda magazine (issue 2/2009, pattern 108A), and is made from a cotton knit fabric.
I did pre-wash my knit fabric, I did lengthen the sleeves and body but it's still become a bit shorter than I'd like in both respects. If I made this again I'd lengthen sleeves and body more and narrow the neckline, as this top always shows bra straps.
Skirt up close: as I said above, I just love these buttons! I am happy with my top stitching too - but not sure how clear these details are...
Stripey top up close: the stripes match pretty well on the side seams. There's also twin needle stitching around neckline and other hems, which at the time was new and exciting for me, as was the use of transparent elastic in the neckline to prevent it stretching out.
PS My daughter, son and partner are all not me-made today, but they weren't part of my pledge - but if and when they do wear handmade I'll include them as a bonus.