However, when I went to cut the white linen out I didn't have enough for full size pieces. I figured I could just add another coordinating piece and after some searching through the fabric collection I found two pieces that I thought would work. So I took to Instagram to ask for assistance...
The most votes were for the combination on the left which actually is my personal favorite too. I make so many "corporate colored" safe garments that every time I can step out the box a little I'm going there! As seen above, I had a red cotton pique twinset that worked well with this...so a skirt was born!
TNT 4 gore skirt (also made here, here and here and all still in my closet)
Fabric scraps from the Summer version of Butterick 5821
Red/black/white linen print from fabric.com
1" non-roll elastic
- The most challenging part of making this skirt was making the strips and then stitching them together so that they matched at every seam.
- There is very little math involved in making the strips/layers because it was based upon the length of the black 'n white embroidered piece.
- That piece was evened off and then the approximately 4" strips were cut of the white and the printed linen.
- I stitched the white to the print piece first - trying to be precise.
- Then I stitched the black 'n white embroidered piece onto that bottom strips.
- To make the skirt, I matched the side seams that worked together. This took some doing and I actually "forced" one seam with a little basting and steam.
- It is unlined.
- The hem is turned under one inch. Then it's folded in half and ironed flat then machine stitched.
The band pattern piece I created to get the curve right for the printed piece
White and printed linen sewn together with the polka dot piece waiting to be joined
One of the four gores all sewn together
The hem double folded, pressed and machine stitched flat
A few more photos of me in the skirt...
The two top pieces are from QVC from the Denim & Co. collection. However, the tank has been altered to fit me. It arrived with a boxy fit and way too low armholes so I took in the side seams to give me a closer fit.
This is a little funky and fun and I will wear it to work on a Friday. I usually am a little more fashionable on Fridays because we have a casual Friday dress code in my office.
Next up is The Smugglers Daughter Dress. I have to admit that I got stymied for a minute. If you follow me on Instagram, you will remember that I posted a pic of where I was headed. I came to terms with what was bothering me and fixed it. I really like the dress now so it's up next.
Lastly, the grandkids were with me this weekend so here is Miss Samantha...she's almost seven months old now with a mind of her own!
...as always more later!