Pattern: Butterick 4986 (view A) & Kwik Sew 2948 & vintage Simplicity 7816 (view 4 - minus the pockets)
Size: Top (B4986) - size 8; Tank top (KS2948) - size XS; Skirt (S7816) - waist 24" and hip 34.5"
Fabric: Top - Blue waves rayon lycra knit from Lucy's Fabrics; Tank top - teal slinky knit from Timmel Fabrics; Skirt - Kiwi waffle weave linen from Fabric Mart.
Comments: Sometimes ya just gotta have a bright outfit! I love teal and lime green together - it just screams summer to me. So when I noticed how well all these fabrics coordinated, it was a no-brainer to create an outfit.
The Kwik Sew tank top is the only pattern of the three that I have sewn with before and it is a TNT. Easy to put together and very flattering for a simple shell.
In the past, I have tried several twist top patterns (the kind that is an actual wear alone top like the ones in Simplicity 4076) and I never have luck with them. As a very small busted woman, I could never get the top to look right - even with a small bust adjustment on these patterns, the bodice still looked saggy and unfilled. Not to mention, these tops are always so insanely low cut, which is not a good look if you have a fairly bony upper chest like I do. However, B4986 caught my eye when it first came out because of the nifty twist on the front and the fact that it is a cardigan style, rather than a stand alone T-shirt. Well, I am a huge fan of this pattern - it fits well, it's easy to make and it's super cute!
The skirt is made from a vintage pattern that I have had in my stash for a while. I like all the different options provided in this pattern. I plan on making all of them at some point because of the success I had with this skirt. My only issue with the skirt is the fault of the fabric - it wrinkles like mad. Normally, I'm cool with the rumples in linen, but this particular fabric is evil incarnate - it wrinkles even if you look at it sideways. Oh well, next time I make it, I'll use better fabric.
Conclusion: A fun and funky summer outfit that reminds me of sherbet (umm, sherbet...).