I've decided to call this outfit Lilikoi Cheesecake. It has all the right ingredients. I can't help it, the skirt reminds me of delicious tropical desserts!
The top is Simplicity 2364, View D and is made out of an ivory bamboo knit -silky smooth. I acquired it from The Fabric Fairy a couple of years ago. I only had one yard, so it was destined to become a simple top. The pattern has full bodice facing pieces for the back and front. I didn't want to use these facing pieces because they are cut so you would have to gather the shoulder, just like the front and back pieces. That is a lot of gathering in one spot, particularly with this heavier weight knit. I did my usual hemming on the neckline and armhole, which is to cut a piece of elastic a comfortable size, then zigzag it to the neck and armhole edge on the wrong side. Then I turn the edge to the wrong side and use my coverstitch machine to finish on the right side. This works like a charm and looks good too, I think. I used a 3/8'' wide swimwear elastic this time. The top is long, but I really like how it looks gathered, much like the shoulders, when I don't pull it down all the way. I thought about putting elastic in at the side seams to keep this gathered look, but I may want to wear it smooth sometimes, so I haven't done that.
New Look 6710 to make the skirt; the front/back piece. I didn't want a drawstring waist or patch pockets, but I did want to have pockets. So I drafted on seam pockets and made them out of a lemon colored cotton batiste, which I also lined the skirt with. I used 1" elastic on the waist band. Again, I just zigzagged it to the edge and turned the waist band to the wrong side and topstitched.
I don't know if you will ever see me with a flower in my hair again, but it sure goes with the ensemble.