I have made a deal with myself to sew more of my favorite patterns in my stash. I think we can all agree that it is very easy to be caught up in the next new pattern and even though we say to ourselves "I'm definitely making ten more of these because I loved the fit/style/whatever so much" it doesn't always happen. Or at least I don't always get around to it - I should only speak for myself, right! But I'm determined to change that. Because when sewing for myself I always take the time to get the fitting right to my body, and I always make the changes to the paper pattern too, so that next time is SO much easier to sew...although a new type of fabric of course can throw things off.
So today I'm showing you two patterns that have proved their worth in my closet. One is the Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates. First blogged HERE and HERE. And the second is the Inari Tee Dress by Named Patterns. I have never sewed the (cropped) tee before (the pattern is a 2 in 1 pattern) but I have made two Inari Dresses, both blogged HERE.
This outfit started with the skirt fabric. I ordered this mid weight Kokka canvas from Miss Matatabi without a specific goal for it. Basically I was dying for the print and colors. Since it was canvas I considered to make a Senna Tote but when I received it, it was a rather thin canvas. Sure it could still have worked for the Senna Tote but I realized it could also work for a pencil skirt (in fact anything that didn't needed drape). And since I already had a pencil skirt pattern in my stash AND I used those two skirts I already made from the pattern quite a lot (pretty much every time I wanted to look a little bit nice but not too dressed up. Date night with hubby - perfect!). Well, that was a no-brainer really. Pleated Pencil Skirt it was.
There is the pleat...hence the name...instead of a slit. Clever!
I added the pockets myself, that's a pretty simple operation. THIS old tutorial of mine will show you how. The shape is a bit different but the principle is exactly the same.
I wish someone could have filmed inside my head when I realized just how amazing this blue and white striped cotton French Terry, already in my stash, matched the print on the skirt fabric. I think there were heart eyes and fireworks going on big time, ha. My eyes went from one fabric to another and back again. Yup, perfect match. Hallelujah!
Initially I was planning on making the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns because well, THAT is certainly a tried and true pattern in my closet and I loved the relaxed style as a contrast to the more stylish style of the skirt. BUT then it turned out I didn't have enough fabric, gah. And I was determined not to color block this time because I didn't wanted to mess up the match with the skirt. And then I remember that I really wanted to make an Inari Tee since I knew the fit was fantastic.
And when a person with my body type wear a wide crop top it looks really flattering when you pair it with something tight like jeans or.....a pencil skirt (woohoo) for a balanced look. That lack of fabric was meant to happen, I just know it, ha!
So here I am, 39 years old and flashing a bit of midriff. Yeah, I should never say never, haha. It's so funny because I love the look, also on myself, but I still think I'm going to put a tight tank top under the next time I'm wearing it. The reason is a feeling and I can't even explain it. But I think I would feel best like that. Before going out to take these photos I looked in the mirror, and I saw no midriff and then when I saw the photos it was there. Oh well. Like I said earlier, I liked the look on me, so I was not going to retake the photos. Maybe I just need to get over it! (Wo)man up!
I'm definitely not over this outfit though. I think another date night is in order!