I wasn't supposed to buy any new fabric, having accumulated a lifetime's supply in my sewing room, but I couldn't let this beautiful stuff pass by.
It was called Movie College print but I'm pretty sure they meant collage.
I thought I'd make one dress but ended up having enough for two! How terrible! Not!
I used this New Look pattern for both bodices. For the first dress, I used the bodice from view D. I just used a long rectangle for the skirt and gathered it onto the bodice. It's a really easy, cheaty way to make a skirt.
I love how the print sits across the bust. I actually didn't plan that.
Then I used this gorgeous pattern I found in an op-shop to make a jacket to wear with it.
The pattern of the jacket is boxy and hip-length, so I cropped it at the waist, and added a couple of wide darts at the back to make it more fitted. I also lowered the neckline by a couple of inches.
Dress number two.
For this I used the bodice from view B. I can't remember where I got the pencil skirt pattern from but it's pretty basic anyway.
I made the skirt in brown, as black was too harsh. The black in the 'college' print is actually faded to brown, so the brown skirt works better.
Oh, this? I'm just practicing my over-the-shoulder-and-over-the-glasses gaze. You know.