Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Pattern Review: 
Vogue 1141 (knit top) and 
Burda Style 03-2012 #128 (twist skirt)

Vogue 1141

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Burda Style 03-2011 #128

Red Jersey Knit
92% Rayon 8% Spandex

Marigold Floral Print
100% Italian Cotton

The summer heat and humidity require fabrics and fashion that will keep you cool.
You will also need fabrics that can be washed and dried.  Both of these fabrics fit the criteria and were prewashed.  
Each fabric shrunk about 1" in length.

The only notion the knit top needed was Gutermann thread.

I needed a full bust adjustment on the knit top.  I added 3/4" in width (for a total of 1-1/2") and 1" in length.  This allows for 2" of negative ease.  In other words, the finished measurement is 2" less than my actual measurement.  I can do this because of the amount of stretch (8% Spandex) this fabric has.  

I didn't need any alterations on the skirt.

The knit top goes together very quickly.  
It has nice details like pleats and side seam gathers.
The neckline has binding to finish the edge.  

The design feature of the skirt is the "twist" in the front.  The success of this skirt really relies on the
selection of fabric.  Soft and light fabrics like cotton lawn or silk crepe de chine will work and eliminate any bulk at the "twist".  

I made a lining pattern for the skirt front.
Fold back the front extension and draw a line from the top right corner down to the hem.  You can make the lining A-line like I did or make it straight.

Lining Front

Front view

Back view
(photo credits CG)

This skirt would also look great in computer blues 
or make the top and the skirt in the maraschino cherry tie dye knit.


Anonymous said...

Roz you look marvelous! Your skirt and top look good too. Thanks for the review. Ronnie

becki-c said...

So chic and easy for summer! I love that top pattern, it looks so easy but versatile.
I will admit that I completely passed on that skirt pattern because it looked like something that had to be knits, but do you think any cotton voile will work?

Roz said...

Ronnie, you are always so kind! Thanks and hurry up and make your red jersey knit! :)

Becki, cotton voile is thin enough but may be too crisp. Wrap it around your body and get an idea of the outcome. Cotton lawn is a softer version of cotton voile. The top pattern would work on any figure type. Looking forward to you making one!

Claire said...

Your top and skirt are stunning!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shirt and skirt. Those colors are perfect for the summer.