I like to cut pictures out of fashion magazines, tape them in a composition notebook, and use them as inspiration for future sewing projects. I fell in love with this outfit from In-Style magazine. I don't remember which issue this is from, but it is from this year, I believe.
I was most attracted to the skirt. But did you see the price on it? $245! I searched high and low at all the online fabric shops I visit for a reasonably-priced similar fabric. I found a polyester, peach, floral, twill at FFC for $4.75/yard. I was disappointed in how very lightweight it was when it arrived. It's the consistency of a lining fabric.
What to do...what to do...I liked the print even better than the Kate Spade print. I happened to have an ivory-colored bamboo rayon-like fabric in my stash. So I lined the floral print with the bamboo before I made the pleats and wouldn't you know this skirt feels couture. It drapes beautifully and, for summer, the bamboo lining cannot be beat! The knit top is made from a horizontally textured, ivory, matte jersey I bought from Gorgeous Fabrics, quite a while ago. The "waterfall" pleat featured in Jalie 2806, was the perfect accompaniment to my new skirt. Here is the completed outfit. I can also see this with a black boyfriend jacket. Yes, I'm writing it on my "to sew" list NOW.
Here are the pattern covers for the Simplicity 2701, which I used for the skirt, and Jalie 2806, used for the top:
I made a size 10 in the skirt, but once again found the waist band to be too tight. I guess having three children will do that to you! Anyway, I added about 1.5" to the waistband. The front and back piece are the same and there are a total of 4 pleats on each side. I did not follow the instructions, since I wanted to insert an invisible zipper and I had to figure out how to add the bamboo lining in a way that would give the pleats some substance. I attached the bamboo lining to the fashion fabric at the top and sides, letting the middle hang free. That meant that I had to hem the lining before I attached it to the sides of the fashion fabric. I did it this way so that the lining and fashion fabric could hang separately, otherwise I was worried I might have puckers on the fashion fabric from trying to hem them together. When I hemmed the polyester fabric, it was not easy, due to how wiggly and lightweight it is, but perseverance paid off and I think the final look is fantastic. Here is a pic of the underlining at the waistband (I handstitched the facing because I didn't even want "stitich in the ditch" stitches on the front):
Jalie 2806 looks tricky, but it went together very easily. I made a size "S" and added about 3 inches to the hip width. I also decided to bind the armholes with self-fabric. The pattern would have you turn under and stitch the armholes. The matte jersey is classy looking, and I thought the bound armholes would be a cleaner finish on this particular version. DH gets home from a 4 day business trip tonight. I can't wait to show him this and suggest a date night for this weekend. I already have my outfit!
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!