How does one improve on a boldly striped mini skirt? With a matching crop top of course!
I saw this woven stripe on the Mood website and snatched up two yards of it as fast as my swiftly typing fingers would allow. I then saw it popping up on other sewists’ instagrams (Grainline) and blogs (Oonaballoona) and knew I had to do something fabulous with it.
I had this fabric in mind when I made the wearable muslin of the Rachel Comey V1247 skirt. I am so glad I made the wearable muslin because this is a very short skirt pattern – had I made it the original length intended by the pattern I don’t think it would have covered my, erm, assets. I lengthened it by 2 1/2″ for this version.
To help with stripe matching, I carefully cut everything on the flat rather than on the fold, used lots of pins, and took full advantage of the built in walking foot (IDT system) of the PFAFF machines at Grey’s Fabric. I had to serge the striped fabric straight away after cutting as it started fraying the. second. it. was. cut. I used black bias binding to finish the bottom hem, and lined it with an adorable novelty poly gifted to me by Tall Sarah that I’ve affectionately nicknamed the wizard cat fabric – just look at those adorable magic kitties!
For the matching top I used the Cap Sleeve Crop Top 02/2015 #127 pattern from Burdastyle. I actually didn’t bother with a muslin as the pattern is split and open in the back. For due diligence I measured the pattern pieces to determine the finished measurement at the bust before cutting into my striped fabric. I didn’t line the crop, but finished the seams with the serger, bias tape at the bottom hem, and rayon hug snug at the center back split. The top closes with a simple hook and eye at the center back – definitely not to be worn without anything underneath, especially since the hook and eye has had a tenancy to come undone, and whenever I lean forward the split back splays and drapes forwards, ha!
We took these photos in front of a crazy mural while I was visiting Katy at her new home in Brooklyn. It is sad to not be able to see and chat with Katy every day, but it is nice to have an incentive to go to NYC more often and have access to the cornucopia of sewing delights it holds.
Skirt: 1 yd striped woven; 1 yd lining; 1 bar hook & eye; 1 zipper; & 1 yd bias tape
Crop: 3/4 yd striped woven; 1 yd bias tape, 1.5 yds hug snug seam binding; 1 hook & eye
Also, It’s very nearly Me Made May! Katy and I are signing up just in the nick of time!
‘I, Laney, and I, Katy of katyandlaney.com, sign up as a participants of Me-Made-May ’15. We endeavour to wear at least one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2015’
We are planning to instagram our Me Made May outfits and then compile round-up posts at the end of the month. Can’t wait to see how everyone styles their hand-made items!