I got this and several other…make that 20 other, vintage patterns for 15 cents each at a garage sale in Defiance, Ohio. A city (and county) in northwest Ohio also known as the place where the “vote rigging”, that got Fitz elected on the ABC hit drama, Scandal took place.
Don’t you just love this ensemble? Okay, so maybe you don’t, but I do :-D. It’s vintage…stylish…comfortable and chic. No doubt the pieces as separates will hold to the same standard. All along, I had the idea to make this black and white gingham stretch taffeta into a pair of pants. The top was going to be made in a crisp white cotton. While I still could do something along those lines, (I have more of this stretch taffeta and several cuts of crisp white cotton) for this Collection, I decided to go this route.
The pattern, a Dennis Goldsmith design, was released in 1991, the same year our youngest son was born ♥. Dennis Goldsmith was a California based designer popular in the 80’s and 90’s. A partial description of the pattern highlighting several details that I like….”button front blouse with extended shoulders…with French cuffs. Slim fitting skirt with side front and back seaming has suspenders, back zipper and vent…”
Both fabrics were purchased on clearance at Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts. I like to mention fabric that I get “on clearance” as a testament that “you don’t have to pay full price for fabulous”. I also purchased a pink cut used for this skirt. I must pair the two up at some point.The pattern tissue reminds me of lightweight interfacing. It has a weave to it. Very different from the “tissue” grade that I find in most of today’s patterns. This pattern, back then, retailed for $7.95 (US) and $9.50 in Canada.The final skirt length is longer than I’d wanted but I failed to check the length before beginning the project. To shorten it would have reduced the length of the back vent considerably so I left it longer. The blouse is a little shorter that I’d anticipated, which is nice in this case since it doesn’t create any extra bulk when worn with the skirt, however if I make this top again I will lengthen it some. Finally, the suspenders were quite long. I had to shave about 4 inches off of them.Overall I am very pleased with this top and skirt and plan to wear them in a variety of ways. If by chance you have this pattern in your stash and have not made it yet…you’re missing out :-o.
Until next time…PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!