It took me awhile but I did get this outfit finished. After looking at the picture of me in my red skirt I had to just hang my head in disgust. While I really liked it, I hated the way I looked like a short, fat stick. The skirt just really wasn't what I had envisioned. I felt that the skirt for this outfit needed to be more flowing (if that makes sense). I went through my stash and found Burda 8102. This is perfect, it doesn't have a lot of extra material around the hip area and then it flares out around the knees. This something that so many of the "How to Not Look Fat" books say is essential. I bought more red pique from Heirloom Creations in Lafayette, La., and Ambiance lining from JoAnn's Fabrics. I used the lining as an underlining per an article in Threads mag. from March of 2004.
The blouse is New Look 6669 with alterations. I raised the neckline, did my very first FBA (which was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be), and did a different treatment on the sleeves. For the sleeves, I cut off about 4" of the pattern, then finished the edge of the sleeve. I then folded 2" to the inside and then sewed tucks every 1/2" all the around the bottom of the sleeve. I had seen this done on a Dior blouse in the Sept. 2007 of Vogue. Down the front of the blouse is a ribbon with a bow and hand-made tatting down each side.
In all, I'm very pleased with how this outfit turned out. It is very stylish and I absolutely love the red color.