A good afternoon to you, dearies! I have one half of a lovely ensemble to share with you today, the second half not being complete, as of yet. 😛
Do you all remember the plaid hoodie dress I alluded to back in this post? Well, I decided, for practicality’s sake, to make the dress two pieces, instead of one, consisting of a hooded blouse, and 1/2 circle skirt. I have to admit though, it wasn’t just because of the practical wearing aspect that I changed my mind… It was more of a “I-don’t-want-to-have-to-grade-up-or-draft-a-WHOLE-pattern” type of thing. Yah, call me lazy, I know I am. 😉
I ended up having to draft a pattern anyways for the skirt, which turned out to be SUPER easy! and now I have a 1/2 circle skirt pattern that fits me with no adjustments needed! Woohoo!
I hand sewed the hem (yep, that took a while), and applied a vintage metal skirt zipper from my stash. Oh, and yes, there are pockets! If this is going to be THE perfect fall dress, it not only has to have a hood. Oh, no! It MUST have pocketses.*grin*
Yay for plaids matching up! Can you tell where the overlap for the hook and eye is?
Just the Facts
Just a note about the other details of my outfit: The sweater is a recent thrift store find, and is my new favorite! It’s 100% shetland wool. Yippee! Love wool. The T-shirt is an older piece I’ve had for quite a few years. Pin borrowed from Jessica, and my shoes are thrifted.
A bit of history on the maker of the fabric: When I was laying out my fabric, prior to washing it, I noticed there was something printed on the selvedge, and when I inspected it I just barely made out “E&W Quadriga Cloth”. “What on earth is that?!?” I wondered. So, I looked it up, and it turns out Ely & Walker was a fabric mill company, famous for their cotton fabrics which were colorfast (colorfastness has always been a problem with fabric production) and washable. E&W started around the 1870’s, and ceased production in the 1980’s. Over 100 years of manufacturing of material! If you want to know more, you can check out more about Quadriga cloth here (scroll down to fabric stores of the 1950’s) and here.
I am so excited to show you the next part of the ensemble. I better get to sewing if I want to see it finished myself anytime soon! Ta-Ta!