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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.  

IMG_4242Don’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.

IMG_4265The 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…”

IMG_4225Both 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.IMG_4267The 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.IMG_4215The 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.IMG_4256Overall 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.IMG_4226

Until next time…PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!