Thursday, April 21, 2016

Outfit Two - A Denim Jacket and Midi Skirt

Outfit Two of my Chico's Chic spring wardrobe plan consists of this denim jacket and a midi skirt from a bold floral print.  We all know that florals are hot for spring and I love them. So making garments with some of the bold florals from the fabric collection is definitely happening this spring/summer.


This is one of those outfits that's great for early spring because I can layer for more warmth. The jacket is loose enough that bulky or thin sweaters/tops/tanks can go under it.

The Supplies ~
2 yards of a polyester twill floral print given to me from Smuggler's Daughter.
1 yard of non-roll elastic

Construction Details ~
Details of the jacket construction can be found in this post. The skirt is made from a pattern that's been in my pattern collection forever ~ McCalls 2795 ~ circa 2000.  Dayum this pattern is 16 years old and I've been using some version of it for the last 16 years. Interestingly enough, the pattern pieces I used for this skirt, are the original pieces, which thankfully I kept.

That is one good thing about the weight loss, my original TNT pattern pieces now work. This was a quick and easy sew. I only had two yards of fabric, so the pattern piece was cut on the fold for the front and back. I folded the fabric matching selvedges, then folded in it half. The pattern piece was laid on both folds and cut. This allowed me to take advantage of the length of the fabric and get the skirt as long as possible.

After that, side seams were sewn. A casing was made.  The elastic inserted. The casing closed and a 1/2" hem was put in the skirt. I wanted the fabric to do all the talking and I believe it does.

A few photos ~



I'm thrilled with this outfit because it's casual yet on-trend and it's me. Well the new Chico's Chic me! *LOL*

...as always more later!




27 comments:

  1. It's very nice. You've done so well with weight loss and changing style but remaining true to yourself. I would wear this with great pleasure, even though orange just isn't my colour - it certainly picks out the floral beautifully and lifts any potential heaviness.

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  2. Bonito conjunto, la tela de la falda me encanta.
    Saludos

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    1. Reme wrote, "Nice set , the fabric skirt I love."
      Gracias Reme!

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  3. Carolyn, this just so suits you! I would wear this in a heartbeat and it works for so many situations. Did you ever mention how you were losing the weight and I missed it?

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    1. Deb - I don't think I've ever written a blog post about it because I didn't do anything special besides change the way I ate. More fruits and vegetables, lost 90% of the junk food. My weight fluctuates between 5-10 lbs but when I'm feeling heavier I just eat a lot of soup and salads. I was never a big bread or dairy person my vice is sugar which I try to monitor more. That's it.

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  4. My comment was going to be "you are starting to look like you again". But your closing sentence said it for me.

    I really like this outfit.

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  5. Great look and I love the shoes!

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  6. You look great! And so does your outfit. I have that same old jacket pattern (circa 1986), and it's a favorite to make. Every time I make another iteration, I get raves from all my younger friends. Now I need to follow your inspiration and make it up in denim with a few throw-back hippie-chic adornments added. :)

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    1. Charade - it is a great jacket and you should definitely make another one!

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    2. Oops, I missed the mark on this one. I actually have made Vogue 8090 instead of your McCalls version, but they look alike to me.

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  7. This skirt screams "happy"!! I think you will really enjoy it as the season goes on. I can see it with a light linen jacket or sweater when it gets warm. Enjoy!

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  8. This outfit is fabulous. I really like how you've paired it. The detail at the back of the jacket is fabulous! You do sew more than me. 😘 g

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    1. Okay Gaylen whatever you say! *LOL* Though I'm not sure about that!

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  9. I just love the combination of fabrics with the style of these garments. You've got me feeling like I "need" a floral skirt now.

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  10. I love florals and the orange top looks great with the outfit.

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  11. Well done Carolyn!!! The pieces look wonderful on you!!! FIESTA ;)

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  12. From Creative Hormone Rush: Tres chic! That big, bold, eye candy floral fabric definitely needs a long skirt to really shine, and the a-line really works -- a dead-on pattern/fabric pairing! Also, that casual-to-business jacket is fabulous. :)

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  13. Great outfit. Love the bright spark of the orange in the print and the top with the denim/navy.

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  14. I like the jacket, skirt and top combo.

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  15. Love the Chico chic outfit. Look just like an outfit you will find in the store.

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  16. Oh that print! That skirt! Great combination Carolyn and it looks hot with the booties.

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  17. You are screaming Spring love the bright colours and you loom fantastic.

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  18. This is a great outfit. Orange, navy, and white always mix well.

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  19. I do think you look fabulous in this skirt. I think you suit the longer length skirt and it makes you even slimmer. Great colours, great outfit. Well done!

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  20. Love these pieces together, great outfit on you!

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  21. Love both of these pieces together, Carolyn!! The length of the skirt is fab, too. I'm all about this length at the moment.

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