Some might look at a basic pattern and not even think twice about it, but they often become my favorite projects. You can match the simple tone with basic textiles and add to your capsule wardrobe, or use the pattern’s plain design as an opportunity to highlight a magnificent fabric. For the Aspen Ensemble, I went with the latter. Mood has a brand new line of vegan fabrics, featuring 100% vegan-friendly fibers and dyes, and they are some of the most gorgeous fabrics I’ve worked with yet. The lightweight jacquard formed itself beautifully into a simple pencil skirt, while the cupro drapes wonderfully for a slight bishop sleeve.
Fabrics & materials used:
- MDF079 – The Aspen Ensemble Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Starting with the shirt, I first formed the neck facing, just to have it out of the way. The two back pieces attach to the front at the shoulder and then the entire thing gets a rolled hem along the outer edge.
Next, following the guides on your pattern, add your bust darts to your front shirt piece. Attach to the back at the shoulders and sleeves, and then cut a 4″ slit at the center back of your neckline. Roll the raw edges and then add on the facing around the neck of your shirt.
Finish up the back of your shirt with a small hook and eye to keep the keyhole opening closed. Add on your sleeve, and the evenly gather the bottoms into the cuff. I chose to interface the cuffs, but it’s not 100% necessary.
Hem the bottom of your blouse, and you’re ready to move on to the skirt!
First, the front and back of your skirt needs darts. Add 2 to each panel, following the guides on your pattern. Connect the front and back of your skirt on one side. Repeat with your lining.
Interface all of your waistband pieces and connect one front and one back along the same side that you connect the front and back of your skirt. Pin to the top of your skirt panels, starting at the side seam and working your way out. Repeat with your lining.
Starting 1/2″ down from the top of your waistband, add your invisible zipper to the open side of your skirt. Sew down the remainder of the open side so it’s closed.
Sew up the side of your lining, until the top 10″ or so remains open.
Place your skirt inside your lining and sew along the bottom hem, with the fabric faces together. Repeat with the top of your waistband and turn right side out through the lining side opening. Slip-stitch the lining to the inside of your invisible zipper and your skirt is ready to wear!