Hot! Let’s Get Together, Valentine!

The Facts

Fabric: Joann’s thrifted and gifted print cotton with a little stretch
Year: Simplicity 5824  (1965)
Notions: Two zippers
Time to complete: off and on all week, after work
First worn: February 2012 to a birthday dinner
Wear again? Yes, but probably not together

Total Cost: Free

This pattern was a Christmas gift from my daughter. Unfamiliar with the sizing of vintage patterns, I was hesitant to cut into it, without first making a practice outfit. Luckily for me, I could cut into this thrifted piece of fabric, knowing that I wouldn’t be wasting money. I cut the sides of the skirt an inch bigger just in case. During the fitting on my body double, I realized that the pattern size was exactly right, so off went the extra fabric! This hardly ever happens for me, usually I have to adjust for the “pear” shape. I changed a few things though, I have learned that it’s best to line a skirt unless it’s heavy weight fabric. I also moved the zipper from the side to the back and added a kick pleat. On the blouse, I decided to move the zipper from the back to the side, which meant I had to cut back and front ruffles on the fold. I was a little concerned that the ruffle on the neck might look too clownish, but everyone in my family thought it was very cute.

This is the first time I have ever made matching separates, hence the title “Let’s Get Together” or wear separately. I like the fact that you can mix and match, and suddenly you have three different looks. Which do you like the best?

Happy Valentines Day Sew-Weekly Friends!




Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Gorgeous! I like all your looks, together and separate. Great photos too, so well thought out

  2. I’m a big fan of the red top and printed skirt. These look great!

  3. Beautiful! I love all the variations. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Barbara! I love it. Such a good idea to be able to make an outfit with options. This is beautiful.

  5. I like all of them. Love the fabric. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. I love all of them too but I think the skirt’s my favourite.

  7. So pretty! The matching separates is a great way to boost your wardrobe.

  8. How pretty! I love the floral print you choose. I think my favorite outfit is the floral skirt with the red cowl neck top. But nothing beats the ruffle on the bodice… All the combinations are lovely, really.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. Hi Barbara, I like the look with matching top and bottom and also the one with the black skirt. Both looks you could have step right out of Saks Fifth Avenue. I look forward to seeing your creations every week!

  10. LOVE this! I actually think I like both of them together…but then again, I’m a vintage girl at heart so the more matching the better :) Love your photos too!

  11. Cute as a button! Love it so much!

  12. Now that, in addition to being very a very attractive outfit, is a useful piece of sewing. What wonderful wardrobe pieces you have come up with.

  13. Love the print skirt/solid top, but for dressier times, print skirt and top together are great!
    Red is a great color on you!

  14. Matching separates! That’s awesome! Gorgeous and practical. Everything a girl needs.

  15. You look great in your separates! I really adore the neck ruffle.

  16. Great sewing! I love the floral skirt with red top! I think is the most flatering!

  17. That is the perfect outfit!!! all 3 versions! And they look fab on you.

  18. Lovely mix & match set! You look gorgeous.

  19. Oh Barbara you look fantastic, your photos have come up a treat this week, I love this as a separate, you look very happy with yourself, gorgeous job.

  20. Fabulous! I like them best together, but it is great to have that versatility to be able to mix and match too.