This past weekend my DH kindly gave me Saturday free from parenting and I was able to do some snoop shopping. I was excited to see that navy blue is incorporated into some of the current fall fashions I ran across. But what really got me excited was I found this Calvin Klein dress hanging randomly on a rack of clothes at Ross. It was clearance priced and the perfect color for my SWAP, but the size was too large. No matter, I could still see the potential for a lovely linen skirt.
The first thing I did was cut the bodice at a level where the skirt portion nearly fit my low waist. I made sure the invisible zipper was open all the way to the bottom so that I could use it in the skirt and not have to replace it. Bonus! This dress is lined. I kept the lining in the skirt and basted it to the fashion fabric once I cut the bodice off.
Notice the sash? I unpicked the stitches in it and pressed it open to use the fabric to make a waistband. I interfaced it and left it a little long on one side of the zipper to give me some room to apply a hook and eye. That was one easy, stylish, and cheap skirt to come by. On to the top!
I used Kwik Sew 2159 (OOP, I think) to make the tank. Truth be told, I attempted a different knit top with the fabric and it was a disaster! I salvaged what I could and thankfully had enough fabric to make this tank, which is much cuter than the original top I had envisioned. I like that the back of the tank is lower than the front, as you will soon see.
The pattern has two pieces, although because I had to salvage material my back piece has a center back seam. I used my coverstitch machine to do all the hemming. I like how this pattern has a small amount of gathering in the front side seam just under the arm to give you a little more shaping in the front.
Here is the complete outfit:
I couldn't resist making a yellow flower pin. I was inspired by this tutorial. I made mine out of a scrap piece of fabric from a woman's RTW top and placed a red button in the center. Instead of sewing it directly to my tank, I sewed it to a metal pin. I have so many of these from my way early crafting years! Anyway, this outfit makes me feel sunny. The red skirt will be ineligible to enter into the wardrobe contest I mentioned earlier unless I use it as my free choice, but it is a keeper in my closet none-the-less. Here is how it all coordinates so far.
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!