However, this top went in the discard bin because I got a color analysis some time after I made it. I am a "cool red"--similar to a winter in the old parlance. This green has too much yellow for me. Fortunately, one of my sisters is a warm orange and another is a warm golden. Maybe one will like this top. Maybe. Maybe it is destined for some lucky person at Goodwill.
Now, I made the skirt a couple of years ago for my daughter. I made it a little longer than the pattern called for. She needed a long concert skirt. It was one of those occasions where I was informed very late in the game about the requirements for the concert. So rather than zoom around town looking for a potentially elusive long black (and affordable) skirt, I decided to make it. I settled on Simplicity 3598. The only suitable fabric I had in my stash was some insanely cheap black polyester I had purchased long back to make a Halloween costume. Well, the skirt looked very nice on her. I think she wore it once or twice and then decided she no longer wanted to do band. I am modeling it to see how it looks in case I want to try one for myself. It's got about 6 gores in it. I think the Hot Patterns Bossa Nova pattern is the same idea but I like it better. Maybe it's not fair to judge because the fabric is not nice and I am a lot thicker than my daughter.