I like wearing updated classics, so the pullover shirtdress that you've already seen was first up, then I wanted a skirt or culottes of some sort. I decided to make another long swooshy skirt from the 4 gore Relax a Little pattern that I've used many times. This one has Louise Cutting's signature pockets from a previous skirt pattern. I added a neat bias treatment at the hem because I like to play around with stripes.
|Odette top from Sewing Workshop pattern|
|Skirt from Relax a Little pattern |
by Cutting Line Designs
|Knit top using the Anything But Ordinary pattern|
over the RAL skirt
|Detail of hems and hem finishes|
These pieces coordinate nicely with my white cotton blouses and tops plus I made another top using the Sewing Workshop Odette pattern for knits with a white cotton knit and some remnants left over from the dress and skirt. The cotton/lycra stripe worked well in the portions of knit top I substituted it for. I also used the bias at the sleeve hems. I doubt I will wear the top with the skirt but it looks great with white skirts and pants. I wore the RAL skirt with this Akris pleated top to an al fresco lunch and a business meeting this afternoon and it was great for the perfect 70's weather and the first sunny day we've had in a week! I was too busy for photos of it on me today. But you can see how the skirt and top fits in the Flickr album photos.
Note: Martha asked a good question about sewing and pressing on seersucker. I'm replying here because I tried twice to post a reply below in Google and it vaporized.
Depending on the grain, seersucker needs a little care in terms of the top and bottom layers wanting to shift while sewing. Seems must be pinned together carefully, and care taken for edge stitching. I've not needed a differential feed setting when serging, and use a cotton or wool with a light steam setting on my old Rowenta iron. I use an old linen damask table napkin as a press cloth. Pressing didn't smash the puckers - note that seersucker is often used for classic men's summer jackets and slacks, and oh how the cleaners press them! I didn't use a press cloth pressing seams or the hems/bias stripes that I also used manilla templates for. I always make samples with the smaller cut pieces to see how the fabric is going to behave before I sew a garment. The lycra in this didn't affect the pressing.