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This review was originally featured in Threads #172 (April/May 2014).
Make two tops, a knit skirt, and two pairs of pants from this ensemble pattern. The pullover tops have extended dropped shoulders, pieced fronts, and back yokes. One view has an even back hem, while the other view has a pleated back with a lower hemline. The pants are distinctively different. One is capri-style with a contoured waistband, mock fly zipper, slant pockets, and center-back leg seams. The other is a full-length, palazzo-style pant with front pleats and an elastic waistband. The designs are quick to make and planned to be loose-fitting. For the tops, choose flowing fabrics with good drape, such as charmeuse, crepe de Chine, rayon, and tissue linen. For the skirt, choose fabrics with Lycra. Make the capris in medium-weight fabrics and the long pants in rayon. The sample blouse and skirt are silk crepe with Lycra and a silk georgette front panel, from Banksville Designer Fabrics.
(Sized Misses’ 6-22 for busts 30.5-44 in. and hips 32.5-46 in.) (for skirt)
Style Tip: Mix prints and solids in the paneled top for a coordinated, but still fun, effect.
-Tested by Colleen Hubbard, Duluth, Minnesota
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Style tip: Mix prints and solids in the paneled top for a coordinated, but still fun, effect.