Sunday, 9 October 2016

Styling the skirt

I recently posted about the Süsse Skirt I sewed up (new pattern by the Eli Monster). (those two are affiliate links)



When sewing up the skirt, I knew I wanted to make sure that it was nicely coordinated with the other clothing.

Initially, I was at a bit of a loss, as I knew that a t-shirt would be a good for easy dressing, yet I liked the idea of a collar to match the skirt.

Fortunately, I remembered that Jilly Atlanta had just released a range of free collar patterns (available via the Facebook group here).  At the time I hadn't given them too much though - not being too familiar with the concept of a collar. But they were perfect for this project.



I sewed up the scalloped version (to mirror the scallops in the skirt), with a button closure for simplicity.

I love the coordinating look with the collar. I am now a convert, and can see a number of these in the future.  Especially as Miss M was quite taken with it too.



The other part of the outfit was the tee to wear with the skirt. I wanted something close fitting, so it would sit nicely under the skirt and suspenders, but with puffed sleeves (cause puffed sleeves are essential with such a skirt).

I used the Debbie Brooke Designs Princess Peplum as the main basis for the shirt.  However, I didn't want a peplum, so extended the length of the shirt, based on the Blank Slate Tee Times Three pattern (my go-to t-shirt pattern).




Thinking back, the Tee Times Three pattern has an option for a Peter Pan Collar and keyhole at the rear neckline, but the collar would need to be in stretch fabric, so no option to match the skirt.

The coral colour of the tee is meant to draw on the coral/pink facing on the scallops of the skirt. (There they are, peeking out at the hemline)



I finished off the look with a super quick headband in coordinating ribbon.  Just a length of ribbon with the ends looped over a hairband.  And finally some daisies from the garden with a bit of ribbon to keep them together.



All up, I'm happy with the look.  It's great to have an outfit that's been put together purposefully. And Miss M was happy to go with it all.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Süsse Skirt

Perfect for the 'in-between' weather is the Süsse Skirt* by the Eli Monster.


What makes this skirt special is it's fullness (is that actually a word?), its beautiful scallop hemline, and straps, giving it a vintage vibe.



For spring time we paired it with a puff-sleeved tee and long socks. But add a long-sleeve tee and leggings (or tights) and you're all set for a day with a bit more chill in the air.



I made up this version with button-in straps. Adjusting the position of the buttons on the front helps to make sure the straps are the perfect fit.  I also managed to cross the straps at the back after these photos for a super secure fit.



The scalloped hem is made with a facing. I used a contrast coral fabric to jazz it up a bit.



The length is spot on for Miss M.  This skirt is a straight size 6.



The skirt is quick to make, and a pretty simple sew.

The fullness of the skirt makes for a gorgeous look, and plenty of twirling potential.



I sewed up the coordinating puffed sleeve shirt and separate collar to complete the look (more on those in another post).



I just love this vintage look. Even more so, as I used a vintage sheet for fabric.  Miss M picked it out of the stash. She has good taste.

With Halloween approaching, I can see this made up for a Dorothy or Alice (not a super accurate representation, but it would be perfect for a last minute costume).



The pattern is on sale for it's release, available at the Eli Monster Pattern Store.

*This posts contains affiliate links. If you purchase the pattern I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The sewing opinions and endless photos of my daughter are all my own.