This outfit was finished just before Christmas, and nobody is more surprised about this make than me. There I was, going about my business with the knit fabrics, when I clocked this gorgeous wrap top made by Abi from The Crafty Pin-Up.
It's from Butterick B6285, and I had to order the pattern immediately. Turns out I loved the skirt too, so ended up making both.
The skirt fabric is Greek Key Suiting at £2.99 from The Textile Centre. It was easy to make, and the instructions are great. The seam allowances are pretty big though, which is something to look out for if you're like me, and only glance at the instructions! Thankfully I read through them before starting. The only mods I made were to shorten it by 4", and machine the inside of the waistband down by stitching in the ditch where the waistband meets the skirt.
Because of the width of the skirt front, the pattern pieces are cut on the cross grain. I absolutely love the double pleats, they makes for a lovely, swishy, skirt.
I made the top exactly as it is on the pattern, and used some jersey viscose from Ebay. It's a bit short though. Turns out Tasha from By Gum, By Golly had the same problem, and has already worked out how to lengthen the top and posted about it here. Then, for good measure, wrote this post about turning it into a surplice top. She's a genius, and I will definately be trying these out. Serves me right for not googling it before sewing it!
This hasn't stopped me wearing my top though, and I wore the whole outfit on Christmas Day. I also think it will be nice over a dress instead of a cardigan.
I was off for two weeks' at Christmas, which was brilliant, and spent much of the time sewing, so have some more makes to share.