I know you totally clicked on this post to see that SKIRT! And I don’t blame you. Just LOOK at those colours! Doesn’t it remind you of a Monet painting? And then there’s that great jacquard texture to die for.
I gasped when I saw it on the rack at H&M and practically ran to the checkout counter to buy it.
That’s right — I didn’t make it. But I did make that boring ol’ white top to go with it. 😉 Talk about reeling you in! Do accept my apologies…lol
I’ve dubbed this my Picasso top, because the lines on it are all skee-wiff if you look at it straight-on. The square neckline slopes slightly downward on one side while the hemline slopes slightly downward on the other side. If this shirt were a portrait, the eyeballs would both definitely be on one side! I obviously wasn’t being too careful when I put this together…but let’s just call that “artistic liberty”. If Picasso can do it, I can do it….er, um, something like that.
This is Variation 2 of the Skipper Tunic by Papercut Patterns. The pattern calls for woven fabric but I made it using a textured polyester stretch fabric, so I had to downsize the pattern a bit. I used two layers of fabric for the front and back pieces instead of just doing a neck facing, and the result is a top with good body that retains its boxy structure. The fabric isn’t scuba but two layers together makes it seem a lot like it.
I didn’t think a crop top would ever be part of my repertoire — I remember their hey-day in the mid-90s and wasn’t a fan even then — but this was just the thing for this high-waisted skirt. I even wore this outfit to our annual convocation ceremony.
But that skirt, though. Right? Whenever I look at an article of clothing in a store I always ask myself if I could make it instead, but sometimes the best option is to buy. In this case, I figured because I adored the skirt so much just as it was, and because I didn’t think there was ever any way I would find fabric similar to this, it was a good choice to buy it. Sometimes knowing you *could* make something you see on the racks is quite a bit different from *actually* getting around to making it. One winter not too long ago I almost froze because I refused to buy sweaters, figuring I *could* make them myself. Didn’t factor in that it takes me a good four months to knit one sweater, not to mention that I was (and still am, and will forever be) working out fitting issues with knitting.
How about you? I know some sewists want to have an exclusively hand-made wardrobe, while others are fine with mixing in some or a lot of ready-to-wear. What are your personal guidelines around that?
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