Pattern: Kwik Sew 2856 (view A) & Simplicity 4599 (view D - skirt)
Size: KS2856 comes in sizes XS to XL - I used size XS. S4599 comes in sizes 8 to 24 - I used size 8.
Fabric: Lightweight black sweaterknit from Wazoodle & Black/brown houndstooth wool from Timmel Fabrics.
Comments: I have made both of these patterns a few times before and they have become "go-to" patterns for when I need a quick, but flattering outfit at a moment's notice.
The unfortunate part of this outfit is the top - the fabric I used was a bargain and like many bargains, it has let me down. I am a staunch believer that my time is too valuable to use cheap fabric, but I let down my guard on this one. The price was amazing, the fabric feels wonderful and it sewed up like a dream. The problem is in the laundering - this fabric attracts every fuzzy in a 50 kilometer radius and it then proceeds to become one with the fuzzies. This melding of fabric and fuzzy necessitates the time consuming ritual of hand picking all the fuzz balls off the top to make it presentable. The jury is still out on how many times I will be willing to do this before I get so frustrated that I consider setting this top on fire. I'll keep you posted.
The skirt, on the other hand, is a dream come true. Boy oh boy, do I wish I had bought more of this fabric when it was available. It is the perfect, lightweight, smooth wool - it is absolutely delicious! I love the fabric and I really love the resulting skirt.
Conclusion: Despite the shortcomings of the top fabric, I really like this outfit. It s simple, smart and sophisticated.