Perfect except for two things
1. The back peplum was impossible to plaid match along the side seams. If I'd started cutting with that pattern piece it probably could have been managed. Of course I started with the front like I always do because that's the area you really don't want to mess up.
2. Elbow darts and plaid are not the best mix. This honestly didn't even cross my mind until the blouse was done and I hung it on a hanger. Ooops, weird biased plaid at the bottom of the sleeves, too late to fix that now.
But whatever, I'd probably do it again because plaid is awesome and I really like this outfit.
Stashed Plaid cotton shirting - Originally from Fabrics and Trimmings on Etsy
Stretch wool suiting maybe from EOS.
1. Graded the size 32" bust up to a 36" bust. I used the same 4" grade described here. This worked for all the pieces other than extending the collar that becomes the back facing. Here I lucked out and was able to properly guess how much to add thanks to some notches.
2. Added standard 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment to the shoulder and sleeve head.
3. Dropped the bust dart 1".
4. Added a scant 1/4" to the bottom part of the princess line seam. The placement didn't look proportionally correct on my body without it.
5. Shortened the waist length 1/2" above peplum.
1. Don't forget about your elbow darts when you pull out a plaid. Derp.
2. Confession - I might be addicted to hug a snug and need an intervention. It's something I'd never ever bought until the Veronica coat and now I can't stop putting it on hems. But see, so pretty.
3. I also covered shoulder pads with self fabric for the first time. All the pretty insides!
"Are you going to a fancy business meeting?" Why yes, I like to meet my donuts at the boardroom before eating them.
My Final Thoughts
Great start to my Vintage Pledge year. I like the silhouette of both of the pieces and love that I can mix the skirt with various other tops. This should be the last "winterish" project for awhile. Look forward to lots of flora patterns in the future.