Pattern: Butterick 4745 (jacket and skirt - view A &D) & Textile Studio Madison Avenue Dress (shortened to a top)
Size: Jacket and Skirt: size 8; Top - size XS
Fabric: Jacket and Skirt - brown rayon/linen from Fabric Mart; Top - brown/coral floral knit from Textile Studio.
Project Photo: The photos show the outfit with the jacket closed, the jacket open and the jacket removed.
Comments: I wanted a lightweight suit for work. I was looking for something professional and appropriate for warmer days at school. I have always liked B4745 and although I have made the skirt in the past, I really wanted to give the jacket a go. Both pieces went together easily and fit beautifully straight out of the envelope. The jacket closes at centre front with four oblong buttons and self fabric loops.
Both the jacket and the skirt are lined in a coral cotton voile. I wanted to reduce the wrinkling, while maintaining the breathability, of the linen. The colour of the lining is a perfect match to the coral print in the top.
I really like the style lines of the Madison Avenue dress, so I figured shortening it up into a top was a the way to go. I can see making many more of this top - it's simple, comfortable and uses very little fabric.
Conclusion: I really like this outfit - it's pretty darn flattering if I say so myself. The combination of the full skirt and the fitted jacket is perfect for my pear shaped body - it emphasizes the good parts and disguises the bad. It's a win-win situation!