But, I'm done now. And starting on Friday, you can vote for me HERE! Just scroll down to the sewalong contestants and look for the photo shown below. I'm really proud of this look, so I'm totally going to grub for votes this time around. I'll try not to be too annoying about it!
It's been a busy couple of weeks (I'll share some pics of the wedding I made these outfits for soon), but the real reason I'm behind is because although the skirt came easily, I struggled with what kind of top I should make to go with it. I ended up making two, since I didn't like the first one.
|Shown with the second top|
I was at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and came across this cool vintage sweater knit fabric. It was $10 though--more than I could justify on an unnecessary fabric purchase. There was TONS of it, but I REALLY didn't need several yards, and since it was Goodwill and not a fabric store it's not like I could just have them cut off a yard for me so I could buy it for a couple of bucks. So I sighed and left it at the store, but...I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew exactly how I wanted to make it into something perfect for the era challenge, but that I would love wearing any old day as well. I bet you can guess how this ends--I went back and bought it. So if you like it, I've got some extra for you! About three yards worth! I didn't realize when I saw it folded on a hanger that this fabric was actually a really long tube. Have you ever seen that before? I hadn't!
So anyway, my skirt! I absolutely love it. I followed the tutorial from Adrianna (Crafterhours) on making a knit pencil skirt to your own measurements, and it fits like a dream. But for the top of the skirt, I modified the Milkmaid skirt tutorial (also from Adrianna--how did I not realize that until just now? She's competing in this round of Project Sewn, so I guess that's appropriate that I'm using all of her tutorials! Her Era Challenge Audrey Hepburn inspired look is DARLING--go vote!), adding the pockets on top instead of hidden behind the front skirt panel, and narrowing the waistband slightly. I like the added snugness that the elastic inside the waistband gives. I had a vision of piping with this fabric. It gives a nice definition on the pockets--my thinking is, if you're putting pockets on a slim-fitting pencil skirt, there's no way they're going to be hidden, especially if you've got anything in there! So you might as well draw attention to the pockets!
I also really wanted piping as an added detail above the hem. But I started thinking about it, and realized that since it's a stretch skirt, I didn't want non-stretch piping going all the way around and making it more difficult to move in the skirt. I was sad to abandon my vision, but then it came to me--the piping didn't need to go all the way around! I added the piping in the front, then just past the side seam I curved it down into the hemline. It reminds me of the door details on classic cars, or something--I like it even better than if the piping had gone all the way around!
|I have to admit, this skirt makes me feel pretty damn good about how my butt looks.|
|If you'd rather just look at the piping and not my butt. Fine.|
|Pocket lining--and possibly the only time you will see my nails painted|
BUT, whomp-whomp. The slightly empire waist of the cardigan and the natural waist of the skirt just didn't work together. The proportions are off, and it just looked unflattering.
I still like the cardi on its own, so it wasn't a total waste. The color was terrible with my skin, so I used scraps from an off-white t-shirt for the binding. It's much better on me when that caramel color never comes in contact with my skin! I will totally wear this, just with something else. It's good with jeans.
|I just let the fabric roll at the bottom hem|
|I love the sweet fabric, despite the fact that it makes me look diseased.|
Luckily, I already have a cardigan that I bought at Target that looks way better with it. This outfit still has a quirky retro vibe while feeling casual--I wore it to meet with the other kindergarten room parents and felt totally comfortable. I wasn't sure beforehand, but it turns out I am totally a pencil skirt kind of girl--as long as it has pockets!
|Dressed down--the contemporary version|
|Had to have fun with the styling!|
|Couldn't resist the kick pose--but my balance is so bad this is the only one I got where I'm not falling over!|