Look how proud the illustration girl is of herself, graduating from humble torn project apron to three-piece ensemble!

Unfortunately this garment consists of parts that we don’t wear anymore and I’m not sure I feel like being this retro. Not just the sleeveless reversible jacket. This project calls for ignoring what the pattern says and

  • Putting a separating zipper down the back of the overblouse (for the contortionist in you) and hiding it in a box pleat.
  • Adding bias piping loopdy-doos on the blouse front
  • Notice how I said ‘overblouse’, not blouse? That’s because I’m supposed to take a bodice from a simple dress pattern and make an underwaist, which is a sort of ‘blouse slip’ which is sewn to the skirt.

See that? That is weird, right?

I’m using B5147

the dress from which I already used for my red dress project. This time I’m using the straight skirt, the blouse, and the jacket (I am allowed to make a jacket with sleeves, it just isn’t deemed as clever since it is not reversible. Ah, well.)

I will be making a lining for the skirt, but don’t tell Edna Bishop because she HATES that word. She throws the term ‘drum’ around a good half dozen times in the first paragraph of this chapter, then while you are scratching your head she fixes you with an icy stare, sniffs, and announces in a clipped tone:

“The drum is often called a lining. However, the name drum is preferred. Underlining skirts is discussed in Chapter 13. We feel that these two words, drum and underlining, best serve to describe their purposes.”

Take that, lining saying motherfuckers.