I joined two trends that I’ve seen over past year in this skirt/top combination. First, I chose a mustard color for the skirt. Second, I made the skirt in a hi-lo style. Since I jumped onto both trends, you can rest assured both will be out of fashion soon, if they aren’t already.
Originally, I purchased the “turmeric” linen/rayon blend from Marcy Tilton to make McCall’s 7745, view A:
But multiple attempts to fit the bodice in a muslin failed. From what I’ve read on the web, this view (but not the others), has some real problems. For me, the sleeves were too small, with no ease and no room for natural movement (among other things). I abandoned the project. (I do think this view would work in a stretchy knit, and those that looked best were, in fact, sewn with knits.)
I got it in my head that I wanted the high/low skirt, and just needed to pair it with a top. Thus, Vogue 8882 (view E, c2013) and Vogue 1620 view B, c2019).
I think this top was an afterthought for Vogue to include in the Tom and Linda Platt coordinates (Vogue 1620). The description: “Loose fitting top has front slit and back neck opening with hook and eye, neck and armhole binding and top-stitching detail.” The fabrics are not broken down between the suit and the blouse, with the following suggested for both: “crepe, jersey, satin back crepe.” Hmmm.
I chose a cotton silk blend woven I purchased way back in 2013 from Gorgeous Fabrics. It has a satin weave, so mimics a charmeuse, but with more body and easier handling. The blouse it self it very simple, but consider your fabric choice. I think I made a good choice, but having made this, I would do the following differently.
- Skip the top stitching. It’s done to finish the seams on the inside and along the front and back slits. But with this fabric, and probably any other drapey fabric, it doesn’t work. In fact, I should have loosened my tension even more, since I got puckers! I did the edge stitching on the front and back first, then the top stitched the back. I didn’t like it, but couldn’t remove it without damage. I only did the top stitching around the opening in the front as a result.
- Consider narrow facing around the arm holes for a cleaner look. And the way they ask you to do the binding doesn’t really work. You wrap the binding around the 3/8 inch seam allowance remaining, but the strips for the binding aren’t wide enough (I trimmed to 1/4 inch seam allowances to compensate.)
- Interface or reinforce the strip of binding in the front that attaches the left and right bodice. It’s cut on the bias, which means it will continue to stretch…
Otherwise, I like the blouse. I may make another one in the future, with these thoughts in mind.
There is absolutely nothing complicated about this skirt (view E, V8882). However, if Vogue is going to give me fabric allowances and layouts that are single layer, then please give me both pieces/ halves, especially when they are really large.
The only recommendation I would make about this skirt is that perhaps an inside button is needed at the waist closure:
A note about the fabric: it’s a viscose/linen blend (65% viscose). Marcy Tilton bills it as having the drapey-ness of viscose, with the structure of linen, and less wrinkling. I bought it for the drape, color, and tightness of weave (very nice piece of fabric). But it wrinkles like it’s 100% linen.