Let's not talk about the fabric just yet, hey. (but my eyes! you say. I know, sorry) Let's begin with the pattern.
I chose a straight size L from my measurements and then became very nervous about how the skirt was going to fit.
The skirt pattern piece is a straight trapezoid which is always going to be prone to giving little kinks at the hem side seams. In fact, because I was using a striped fabric I found that the pattern's hem line actually dipped lower at the side seams, whereas most skirts will curve up slightly at that point. Because of the stripe issue I ignored the pattern and cut it straight.
What worried me was how that skirt would look over my curvy bits, both the back and front curves. Turns out not as bad as I'd thought. At least, the stripes still look horizontal so it can't be as stretched out of shape as it appeared when I finished sewing it after midnight.
With the ribbing dropped waistband sitting here at the top of my butt I think it looks OK. It means that the top section is a little long and overlaps the waist a bit, but I guess that gives it a two-piece look and is not such a bad thing. If I pull the skirt down such that the top is full length it looks truly awful.
What I am super happy about is the fit of the top half. The sleeves sit nicely, the shoulders are just right, the waist comes in just enough, pretty sweet for straight off the pattern.
I made it last weekend and while I had serious doubts when I finished it, I have worn it a few times already this week. It's supremely comfortable. It was today's throw on outfit for visiting the aquarium with the kids.
OK, so what about the fabric. It's some serious stripes. In reality the yellow is a bit more mustard than the gold that's showing up on the screen photos. And it's a navy, not black. So; mustard and navy is a bit less hornet like than yellow and black, isn't it?
It's a fairly heavyweight knit such as is used for rugby tops. Turned out to be the perfect weight for the dress. Enough structure not to cling, but still feels like wearing an oversized t-shirt. The neck-band, cuff binding and waist are navy 2x2 ribbing.
It's kind of sporty, I think. I wished I owned a tennis racquet for a blog photo-shoot prop. No such luck, but the kids took over the camera remote and things got silly anyway...
... And then we found the perfect accessory after all!