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This winter I wanted to make another Sew House Seven Toaster sweaters sweater and already had the fabric picked out. In my stash, I had a taupe knit with a white texture going through it. I also had a slightly darker taupe ribbed knit that I could use as the band.
Making another Toaster
Last winter I made three Toaster sweaters so I knew that it was a quick and easy make. The construction was pretty straight forward and came together in no time.
I really love the look of this Toaster and it has to be my favorite version yet!
The Bibi Skirt
Once I was done with the Toaster I noticed that I still had quite a bit of fabric left over. So, I thought why not make a matching skirt.
I always loved those sweater set dresses from the 1960s and thought with a pencil style skirt, I could just pull a look like that off.
The first skirt pattern that came to mind was none other than the Bibi Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons Stretch<. The Bibi is a simple pencil skirt made with knit fabric and was just the look I was going for.
While I’ve had the Stretch book for a while I hadn’t made the BIbi skirt as of yet. Which it’s really silly that I haven’t it’s so easy to whip up and mine came together in no time.
|Tilly & The Buttons Bibi Skirt
|Notes & Modification:
|Added elastic to the waist
While I had no problems with constructing the skirt I did have a fit issue. The skirt has no fastenings or elastic and is simply held in place by the stretch of the fabric. I used the contrasting ribbed knit fabric for the waistband which was substantially stretchier than the main fabric. Which meant that it was a lot looser than it should have been, had I made the whole thing out of the main body fabric.
I could have taken off the waistband and recut it but I decided just to unstitch a small portion and run elastic through the waistband. It does create a bit of a paper-bag waist, but since I always wear the toaster sweater over it, you can’t tell.
Classic 1960’s Sweater Dress Set
Originally my plan was to just make a comfy sweater but one I realized I could make a set, I aimed to create a classic 1960’s look.
I think that while both patterns are modern patterns, I was still able to create a vintage look to this outfit. I also like that I was able to make separates, which mean I can get more wear out of these garments.
Another big plus is that while I look well put together in this outfit, the fabric is so warm and soft, it’s like secret pajamas.
So, what do you think? Did I manage to achieve a vintage look? Have you made some cool dresses sets from separates?