The skirt has a simple construction, with three front panels finished by two slits, and side pockets. I have simply taken the skirt part of the dress, size L, and added an elastic waistband.
The Astoria cropped sweater is a very popular pattern by Seamwork magazine. After making it I have understood why: easy and quick to stitch up, even easier to wear.
For the skirt I have used a brown suedine from Toto Tissus in Toulouse, since the pattern is designed for knits and this fabric is elastic. I have been wearing it a lot, very easy to integrate in my wardrobe.
For the sweater, I had some remnants of French terry and I squeezed the sweater into them. This obliged me to orientate the pieces so that I have vertical stripes across the bodice, while a horizontal orientation is usually preferred. I also managed to have the neckband and the hemband with a contrasting orientation, and I like this final look. I also enjoy the possibility of creating a garment from the remnants of another one.
I wear quite a lot of high waisted bottoms, so a cropped sweater fits perfectly into my wardrobe. I have made a size L with no adjustments, and I wanted long sleeves for autumn and winter.
I am very happy with both the garments: the skirt is put together and comfy, and the little sweater is very warm and stylish, I have been wearing both often at the office, for sure there are more Astoria’s in my future and a Perry dress, of course.