Tuesday, December 11, 2012

An Oldie but Goodie...

I recently blogged about purging quite a few garments from my closet.  What I didn't say was that I also found a few gems hidden there behind all of the dreck that was taking up valuable real estate.  This skirt was one of those hidden gems...



I made this skirt back in the Fall of 2004 and haven't worn it in years.  But when I pulled it out of the closet, I was amazed at the sewing details in this skirt.  First, it's made from a vanilla medium to heavyweight wool crepe that I purchased from Paron Fabrics back in the day.  It was an expensive purchase for me at the time, $22 per yard, and I bought 5 yards of it.  I made this skirt and this dress from the fabric and I think there is still a yard and a half lurking in my fabric collection.

So about those details...

1.  I used my TNT pencil skirt pattern.

2.  The hemline is piped.



3.  The piped hemline is faced.



4.  The skirt has a back vent...



5. It is lined with a thin waistband.



...and this is how I'm going to wear it to my Company Christmas Party this week...





...that black lace top...found it at H&M for $7.50!  Seriously, I never shop well besides buying fabric or shoes but after Hurricane Sandy the only place open and well-lit was the mall.  So I spent an evening there with my children and this is one of the things that came home with me!

Of course this skirt works with quite a few tops and twinsets in my wardrobe, so it will go into the rotation this winter.  I'm thrilled that seven years later this skirt has held up because I used quality sewing techniques to construct it.

...as always more later!




29 comments:

  1. You will be smokin' at the holiday party! That skirt is lovely, so glad you 'unearthed' it. g

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  2. The hidden value of a purge! Love the details in this skirt - well worth uncovering from the depths of the closet...

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  3. I love the skirt. But seriously, I've been reading your blog long enough to sincerely doubt that your closet yielded much dreck!

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  4. You look smashing! And the closet purging thing....umm.....yes.....it's on my list. And it's inspirational to keep in my mind's eye the thought that there may be some gems hiding in there :)

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  5. Your holiday outfit is lovely, and very on-trend.
    Thanks for showing us how you constructed a made-to-last skirt.

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  6. Just shows that classic pieces never date. Have a great time at the party.

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  7. You look great, I love the lace top and the pairing of the shoes, very chic

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  8. I love it when I look closely at garments I've sewn a while ago and discover that I did a good job then and that I can still wear them! Hope you had fun at your party, you look great!

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  9. You'll be turning heads at the party, especially if you wear that lipstick--great color- care to share?

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  10. What an elegant ensemble! That top was a steal for sure and is so pretty paired with your skirt. And as you said that skirt will definitely go the distance in your wardrobe.

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  11. QUE PRETTY!!! that hemline is gorgeous. i love mixed separates on you, you look stunning (and two lace tops from F21 came home with me the other day. it's hard.)

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  12. What a score! (I mean, you did make it in the first place, but still...) And it couldn't look more intentional with that H&M top. So festive too!

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  13. Hidden presents, can't beat it. Score on the top.

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  14. Carolyn,

    Had you not revealed that you made this skirt in 2004, no one would have ever guessed. It looks like a brand new garment. The time and detail work you put into it really paid off.

    Makes me want to take a second look at those things I pulled out of my own closet before making that trip to the donation center.

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  15. This is great: love your demo of how a good quality basic lasts forever. Phooey to those that say, if you haven't worn it for a year, toss it out! It really reinforces that 1. quality construction and 2. quality materials really pay for themselves. You look great in the set, too: gorgeous shoes!

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  16. I like the outfit. I never would have thought to pipe the hem of a straight skirt.

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  17. I love everything about it! The skirt is an amazing find in your own closest! The top is great at a great cost to boot!

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  18. Love that skirt the color and the piped hem.

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  19. What a great re-discovery. This outfit is really nice on you and those incredible shoes that perfect little touch.

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  20. Great finds, both the skirt and the top. Well-made clothes last a long time! Have fun at the party.

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  21. What a lovely outfit! You'll look great at your party!

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  22. How fun to shop in your closet and find such a lovely garment. The details are amazing.

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  23. How good is shopping your own closet and pulling out gems like this skirt? That lace top goes perfectly with the skirt, such an elegant look.

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  24. You look beautiful, Carolyn! Hope the party was fun.

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  25. Great combo, very elegant. Thanks too for sharing the skirt details, reminds me to slow down and do some class finishing. Have fun at the company party.

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  26. Isn't it exciting to find treasure in your closet? I am always amazed how wonderful you look when you wear outfits that have light colored pants and skirts. The "darks on the bottom to hide the widest part rule" somehow got engraved in my brain. The piped hem is beautiful and is a great idea for saving a garment when I forget to check the length before cutting it out.

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