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November 26, 2011

GETTING IDEAS OUT OF MY HEAD...

...is the Dress Palooza over and done with?  I think not, but I did put it aside for a moment - just long enough to get an idea out of my head, onto the drawing board and into my reality.  It's actually #9 on my Flipping on Over into Fall Hit List - the leopard print faux suede Jean Skirt.  My inspiration came from a Newport News catalog
I found the exact print at Joann's a while ago and it was now time that I got it made up.  I used Butterick 5649  view c, adding a kick pleat to the center back seam.  Since I hadn't used this pattern before, I made up a quick muslin (using a thrift-ed bed sheet) to check the fit.  I think the fabric I used was a butter suede, and since it was a little drapier than desired for a skirt - decided to use the actual muslin as an underling to give the fabric a little more body.



The skirt is also fully lined, and it fits really good.  View c is a basic straight skirt with a front fly zipper, but I pegged it to get a truer pencil skirt look.



I've wanted to add some embellishment to a cardigan since last fall but never got around to it.   I took the time today to get that idea out of my head by appliqueing some of the skirt's leopard print to a black cardigan.  I also added a little beading to the project to give it more of a jungle feel.


Here's a picture of the whole outfit.


I think the cardigan adds just the right amount of whimsy to the outfit.  I like bringing Cardy to the party...

17 comments:

  1. Very nice. Simple skirt + cardie with embellishment = classy outfit. Love it.

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  2. Leopard prints are one of my favorites fabrics and you did an awesome job woth the skirt and the cardi.

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  3. I adore the fabric. I love an animal print and I am really impressed with your cardigan embellishment. Why do I never think of things like that? I am quite partial to the combination of brown and block.

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  4. Too adorable. How did you make the appliqué?

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  5. Very nice! Great fabric and embellishment on the cardi.

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  6. Love the embellishment. The skirt is super cute too!

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  7. I really love your beaded appliqué for your cardigan. It's gorgeous!

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  8. love a skirt with a kick pleat. This looks like a great piece to add to the winter wardrobe. enjoy!

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  9. Very nice Faye!! I love both pieces and a woman always needs a little animal in her life!! LOL! You did very nice work on the beading too! Great job! With me just getting back from vacation, I'm ready to jump into my Fall/Winter sewing!!

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  10. I love reading catalogs for ideas, too! Your outfit is just adorable, and, you're right, the cardigan adds just the right touch to it!

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  11. Great skirt! And I liked how you used the same fabric to embellish the sweater.

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  12. You did a really awesome job on that skirt and your embellished sweater is a wonderful added touch.

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  13. Great looking skirt. I like what you did with the cardigan.

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  14. Lovely outfit! The applique on the cardi is just darling!!!

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  15. I love it and it just screams RRrRrRrRrRrrrrRrrrRr! Love the sweater and the skirts a hot little numbeR!

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  16. Oh Faye! I wish you'd post a picture of YOU in the outfit. It's so fun and fantastic.

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  17. Faye, I love your appliqued cardi and skirt, it looks really nice on you! God Bless

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BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing