Saturday, June 30, 2012

Skirt Sewing Success!

Before I embark on sewing my Chanel-like jacket I knew I had to finish the skirt I started last summer. Okay, it took me 11 months to complete, but I did stop work on it over winter.

I went with a simple A-line skirt pattern, Butterick 4461, great fabric (black bubble eyelet from Mood) and took my time with each step. The skirt came out better than I expected!

I got to wear it recently to a barbecue so I went with a ladylike vibe, pairing the skirt with a black sleeveless Gap shell, a black Jackie cardigan from J. Crew tied at my shoulders, and black patent flats.

Other accessories included a black patent bag, a silver/grey bracelet, and red lips!

These looked great with my skirt.

Three perfect accessories.

A nude slip under the eyelet.

I didn’t line the skirt, knowing I wanted to wear it with a nude-colored half-slip. Terri from RAGS against the MACHINE suggested I try a deep blue slip underneath. After putting my daughter’s shiny red superhero cape underneath the eyelet for photos I think Terri is right so I will have to keep my eyes open for a cobalt blue slip or maybe even make my own.

My daughter's red superhero cape under the eyelet.

The sewing deck has been cleared so stand by for some Chanel!


Anonymous said...

Oh, the skirt turned out beautifully. It's elegant and casual at the same time. Hope you can find the cobalt slip soon. I'll keep an eye out for one for you.

Linda said...

Great job, and the fabric is beautiful--perfect for summer! Love the idea of blue or red slips underneath, also. That makes the skirt very versatile. You look so nice in it.
Love, Mom

Veshoevius said...

Your skirt is gorgeous! Well done! And this is such an elegant outfit. I used to sew from Butterick patterns a lot when I was younger. I love the fabric you chose and I like the suggestion of Terri's with the blue lining.

RE: the Olympics - I'm probably going to end up fleeing the city because it is going to be chaos here - my work is actually suggesting we take holidays or are going to send us out to satellite suburbs to work rather than have people delayed coming in because of the anticipated problems of congestion on the underground!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

The skirt is beautiful! How I wish I could do this!! I just do not think I am patient enough to learn it now! I cannot wait to see your jacket, Jill (and I really like your flats!)


Wonderful skirt, and how wonderful that it changes with the colour of the slip underneath.
Brilliant, Jill

Heather Fonseca said...

Beautiful! Very eleggant.

Adrienne said...

What a gorgeous skirt. Great job!

I think it's so clever of you to change out the color of your slip. What a versatile piece that is.

You look VERY chic in these photos. I have the exact same cardi from JCrew. Such a great, classic piece. And I love your ballets...also very classic.

Looking forward to the 3rd!
xoxo, A

Angele Style said...

You look beauthifukl in your photo as this look suits you to a tea. I love the elegance of the skirt mixed with the casual way you are wearing your cardidgan on the top. And the idea you can change out the colors of your slip you can choose many different accessories to go with. Stunning!!!

jill815 said...

Ladies, thank you for all your kind comments. I am going to have to become a much faster sewer if I want to finish the Chanel-like jacket sometime this decade! XO, Jill

Hang T. Tran said...

Good work Jill! The skirt fits you beautifully! Don't mind about the 11 months. you're not alone :))) I have so many projects that I 'd love to finish juggling between a full time job, family and blog.
I will patiently wait for your Chanel jacket.