2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 18, 2013

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER...

...no matter how simple - I just love it when a plan comes together!  What was the plan?  Well back in early September Sheila of Sheila-CTK did a post asking about our cardigan style preferences.  She included this picture in that post
and - I fell in love with the skirt.  No I didn't have this exact fabric, but it did start me thinking about a yard of fabric that I had left over from this dress that I made back in August when I started my fall sewing
and, I had enough to make a Missoni-esque pencil skirt - so that's just what I did. I decided to use
 
McCall's 6654 knit pencil skirt pattern that I tried last fall with good success. I underlined the pattern pieces (there were only two) by hand basting tricot down the center and the side seams to give the fabric a little more body.  It took me two nights to hand stitch the pressed open side seams because I didn't want them flapping around and bunching up after washing.

And, despite the fact that it took me almost an ENTIRE WEEK, the skirts an easy make (two seams, elastic waist, and a hem.  I wanted to play up the fabrics pretty turquoise stripe and was able to find the exact color in a twin set that I purchased during my NY visit my family vacation.  About the only thing I purchased during my visit this time - yes I was frugal and it's a good thing because IMMEDIATELY after returning I had to buy an new HVAC UNIT.  Can you help me say YIKES!  It will take a SERIOUS chunk out of the fabric budget for quite a number of months.  Oh well, I thank God that I was able to get it installed and it's working like a charm.  It's a lot to be thankful for after sleeping in a sauna for 6 nights.  At least I got my turquoise twin set says my female reasoning.
I couldn't decide on the skirt length, but went ahead and put it at mid calf because you know I plan on wearing it with boots.  I figure if this lengths not right - I can always cut if off shorter.
I have this same fabric in a different colorway and plan to make the skirt again.  I'll wear it with a chocolate twin set that came in the mail yesterday from my sister Brenda. THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH BRENDA!  I DO LOVE YOU SO!   I may or may not wear this belted (or I might try a thinner belt) -  I just wanted to see how it looked.  What do you think, belt or not???  Thanks for the skirt inspiration Sheila - and BTW, my cardigan choice is a jewel neck...

36 comments:

  1. Cute skirt and I also love it when a plan comes together so easily ;-) I would wear it without a belt but if you do I would definitely make it a much narrower belt. hth

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    1. Thank you Far. I'm going to look for a narrow belt.

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  2. This is great and I like the belt. Love those colors!

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  3. Looks fabulous! I love the outfit with the necklace and belt.

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  4. Ugh, just lost my comment to you...test comment...

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  5. I love the skirt, those are my favorite colors. Nice twin set too:)

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  6. This is a great combination. My McCall's skirt took longer than it should have to sew as well. I think it's the pattern. =)

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  7. I love this, Faye and I like the belt, too. Fantastic

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  8. Great skirt and I say no belt.

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  9. This is cute Miss Faye...can't wait to see you sportin' it!

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  10. This was definitely a great plan - and it worked perfectly! Looks great ... J

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    1. Thank you Judith! Yea, I love it when what I have in my head matches the finished project!

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  11. beautiful skirt and i love the fabric and the way you pulled out the turquoise in the top. you will look so chic!

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    1. Your comment made me smile. Thank you Rebecca!

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  13. I left you a comment on the group blog, but wanted to join the chorus here and say "Well done!" I love this outfit.

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  14. It looks great!! Love it.

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  15. I love how your cardigan pulls the turquoise stripe out of your new skirt. And I think you should wear it with the belt. It looks so polished! Sorry about the replacement of the HVAC unit; it's always bad to have to spend the money, but for climate control, it's so critical in our lives!

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    1. Thank you Marjie. You are so right climate control is critical!

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  16. This is so adorable...love the fabric, and its a perfect match with you cardigan. Nothing wrong with frugal, since we work hard for our earnings!

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  17. Faye. . Love the outfit and the colors are so pretty. I need to do a missoni print skirt. Thanks for the shout out.

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    1. Thank you Sheila! Love that wonderful coat you designed. I know you put a lot of work into it.

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  18. Love your outfit. I think the belt is nice but a thinner belt would be better. You always much such stylish pieces.

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