I've had Simplicity 3288 in my stash for ages and actually thought it was a dress until I took a closer look just recently.
It's actually a top and skirt pattern. The pattern envelope didn't look very inspiring but I thought I would give it a go - and I'm sure glad I did!
The blouse is bias cut and has little winged sleeve cuffs - plus two versions of collar and collar-less.
The collar-less version (2) is a cinch to make, and I went for pink cotton homespun version with ric-rac trim to match the pattern picture.
To enlarge it to fit me, I added half an inch across the top of the shoulders, and half an inch width on each side seam. It worked perfectly.
The ric-rac trim on the sleeves are definitely my favourite bit.
So here's the same blouse (Version A), but with a collar in white rayon.
The white rayon is definitely my favourite version of this blouse - the fabric is nice and cool to wear and perfect for summer.
And finally, Version A in minty green cotton homespun.
I chose this colour to match a 1950's John Wolf border skirt, and the colour is so close that a few people thought it was actually a dress.
And the perfect colour to show off my new lucite and bakelite vintage brooch!
Cotton prima homespun, and pure rayon
Very easy. Takes about 1-2 hours to make one.
- Added half an inch across the shoulders and at the side seams. Enlarged sleeve cuff to fit/
- Shortened bust dart length by an inch to stop pointy boob.
Would I make this again?
Yes, definitely! I need one in navy rayon, and mustard cotton.
I think the lesson I learned is perhaps don't judge a patten by it's envelope?