In the meantime, I am not sure exactly why, I started auditioning blouse fabrics with the extremely lightweight wool I have earmarked for Vogue 8718. It's grey.
A grey summer suit?
Yes, it's grey.
But it's from stash.
I am NOT shopping for yet more fabric.
For this. (I made an exception for the buy-one-get-two-free Bemberg lining sale at Fabricland today ... and the black and light khaki coloured pantweight fabric for capris and/or summer-weight jeans on the same sale.)
And it's extremely lightweight.
It will be good in the warm parts of spring and fall too.
It's a good neutral.
It will go with lots of things.
So there. I'm making a grey summer suit!
Enter this pattern from the November, 2007 edition of Burda World of Fashion.
Takes SO little fabric.
I was lucky too, because I could cut so as to spread the entire crazy motif pleasingly across the front. The back is a little less pleasing. Or maybe just more ordinary looking.
As you can see from the line drawing, the shaping is provided by tucks that release at top and bottom in the front. The back has 2 vertical darts that release at the bottom in a similar way. It's not exactly a ruffle. It should function as a subtle echo of the not-exactly-ruffled peplum of the Vogue 8718 jacket.
If you should have this edition of WOF and think of making this, I warn you that the neckline is extremely wide/deep. I added approximately 2.5cm on all neckline edges and it isn't exactly closed-in even now.
Also, that back zipper is necessary if you are not using a knit for this top.
Off I go to contemplate Vogue 8718. Really.