As promised, today we have the final skirt for our All The Skirts series with Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The women’s Vivienne Skirt is our final sew for this edition of All The Skirts.
The women’s Vivienne pattern comes with a skirt and blouse pattern. Let’s start with the skirt. The women’s Vivienne skirt has the same look and silhouette as the girl’s Vivienne skirt, with one main difference; the overskirt is reversible and removable. That gives this pattern 3 different looks, making it very versatile.
The Vivienne overskirt can be made in 9 sizes from 0 to 16. The blouse and underskirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XXS to XXL. The underskirt has an elastic waist which is the cause for the sizing options above.
We opted to eliminate the buttons on the Vivienne overskirt at Allegra’s request. Our overskirt stays in place by hidden snaps on either side. This pattern, when made in all black as we did, can be a sneaky 3 piece Little Black Dress.
The Vivienne patterns are easy to follow and have complete photo illustrations. This pattern is not a fast sewing project, but the outcome is worth it.
The fabrics we used for the Vivienne skirt came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The black rayon challis we used for the underskirt is the perfect material for that purpose as it ruffles beautifully. But (confession time here) we also used it for one side of the overskirt, which was not one of the recommended fabrics, and now we know why. We can now tell you with authority that you should use the same weight fabric for both sides of the overskirt. I (Audrey) fought and fought and fought to get the two sides of the overskirt to lay right and never managed to get it completely to my satisfaction. This is NOT the fault of the fabric or the pattern, just poor decision making on my part. In fact, what I will probably end up doing is taking the overskirt apart and replacing the black rayon challis with a different fabric which is the same weight as the beautiful brick red lightweight chambray interweave cotton on the other side of the overskirt. Lesson learned.
The Vivienne blouse is a loose fitting blouse with buttons up the back and gathered sleeves. We used a lightweight black knit fabric from Girl Charlee, and the only change we made was to topstitch the neck facing in place to prevent it from rolling to the outer side. I can see many more of the Vivienne pattern in the future!
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