This blouse screams to me: SECRETARY!!! But not in a bad way. ;) So I paired it with this gored skirt...one I don't wear anymore because I think it normally looks frumpy. But it goes well with this shirt, I think.
(Don't ask me what I'm doing with the door; that's my attempt at posing!)
This is my second version of Simplicity 2501. This project doesn't fit into any of my on-going challenges :( I just felt the need to make something relatively quickly that wasn't going to be too challenging...so I used fabric and notions that I had on hand and chose a pattern I felt comfortable with.
My photos aren't that imaginative. It snowed here yesterday and it's way too cold to do a photo shoot outside (in other words, I'm a big wuss). Here's a closer view:
I originally bought these buttons to go on a knit sweater for a little girl, but I ended up not needing them. I'm pleased with how the pattern on the button mirrors the fabric. Serendipity!
Overall I'm happy with how this turned out, especially since I just used what I had on-hand and the fabric (a quilting cotton) is probably a little too stiff than it should ideally be. I am really happy with the silhouette. I think peplums are a good thing for my figure. They give me the illusion of having a waist and hips :)
I used the same size as I did the first time I used this pattern, but for some reason, this time around it's too big in the chest. So instead of trying to do an SBA (or some other adjustment) I just cheated a bit with the buttons to pull in the top. The buttons are in a slight diagonal line now, but I can live with this, no problem.
I'm not 100% finished. You can see in this back view that the cuffs lack buttons:
So I'm going to brave the weather right now and buy the matching buttons.