Bougainvillea blooms must have been what was on my mind when I decided to purchase this brightly colored second piece of Bali rayon during my recent trip to Oregon. It has the exact shades of purple and coral in the plants I see around my neighborhood. I have made it into another New Look 6153 skirt and paired it with a Burda 7509 bias cut sleeveless top made out of a bold shade of lightweight purple linen.
Even though this is a semi-fitted outfit with simple lines, I think the bold colors make it memorable. It is also quite cool and comfortable. The first time I made the top, I did not cut the pattern out on the bias, so I had to add a zipper to the side seam. This time however, I made view B exactly according to the instructions and cut out a size 10. I am surprised that the pattern would have you cut the front and back on a fold. I didn't do this. Instead, I laid it out flat, on the bias, by making a mirror image of the pattern. No alterations were needed, and the finished top slips on easily over my head. The v-neck and armholes are finished with self-fabric bias strips. There are also bust darts for shaping. Here is a close-up view of the top.
Gwen's tip to try the vest with a short skirt. Already my mind is churning, and I hope to show it styled that way in the near future. Happy Aloha Friday!