Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann(a)

While looking for inspiration to fulfill the March Mood Sewing Network challenge of creating a look inspired by a fashion designer, I:

  1. Became obsessed with all things Anna Wintour resulting in a haircut my family loathed on me.
  2. Discovered Barbara Tfank, the LA designer popularized by Michelle Obama.
  3. Renewed my love of Ralph Lauren.

Anna Wintour’s feminine flared skirts and dresses captivated me. Ralph Lauren’s cheerful black and white floral clothes dominated much of his Spring RTW runway show, and Barbara Tfank spelled it out with beautiful embroidered black and white linen garments(click here). As a result I departed from the predictable slim silhouettes I generally sew and added a little flare (as opposed to flair).

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I paired Mood Fabric’s black and white embroidered floral linen

FL25336 with Burda Style 6904 View B to get the look I was after.

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Views B and C are fitted through the hips. The lower portion of the skirt is not gathered, allowing for a nice drape. The skirt fit without a single alteration and the substantial linen is dreamy. The dense embroidery prevents excessive wrinkling – even after washing and sitting. I lined the entire piece rather than just the lower skirt as instructed.

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My top is an 2007 RTW linen top refashioned with black organza.

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White and black organza are to sewing what salt and pepper are to cooking – I’m never without!

The sides of the linen shell top were carefully split. After tying a knot I tucked the raw edges into the open seam and stitched it back together. The lightweight organza dressed up the aging top without adding bulk. How easy it that?

IMG_5115(I also noticed and read Anna Wintour almost always wears a neutral shoe to extend the leg and because they go with everything.)

On the one hand I found the runway scene intimidating….. Why can’t I think up these creations? But reading up on the fashion designers is a tremendous resource for any sewist seeking inspiration and you just never know how a new hemline, a new sleeve, or new color might affect your life 🙂

Best wishes.

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Comments


  • sallie
    March 27, 2014

    Such an elegant interpretation of runway trends!! You always look so incredibly polished – Ms. Wintour would be proud!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie! Such a slight deviation from my usual scene but I do love it 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    March 27, 2014

    Love it. Flared skirts are totally your friend! Nice lineup of skirt front and yoke front.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thank you, Amanda! The beauty of this skirt is that it’s fitted through the hips therefore not adding those unwanted inches 🙂

  • Peter
    March 27, 2014

    Lovely skirt — it hangs beautifully. Now as for the Wintour hair…am I missing something? It looks like your regular classic cut. Either way, it looks great.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! My new hairstyle lasted one week then I invested in some serious product to keep the bangs out of my face. I kind of liked it but couldn’t take hearing ” is this the way you’re going to wear your hair now?” etc….

  • Lori
    March 27, 2014

    I really like your flared skirt and the fabric is gorgeous. I just purchased that pattern and your skirt looks so great, I will have to make it soon.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thanks, Lori! Look forward to seeing your skirt 🙂

  • anne jewell
    March 27, 2014

    this is a great sillhouette for you.is it comfortable for you to wear?–anne

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thanks, Anne! It’s extremely comfortable. If you look at the pattern illustration you’ll see there is no waistband. What could be more comfortable? 😉

  • Connie
    March 27, 2014

    I have been lusting after that skirt pattern and feel guilty for wanting “another” pattern; I am a collector of all things fabric and patterns! I love … no really… love the whole package even the hair cut! Beautiful outfit, great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Many thanks, Connie! Enough time has passed to get my hair back to its original look 😉 I think you’ll enjoy this pattern so I hope you’ll go for it!

  • Lauren
    March 27, 2014

    I agree with Sallie – you always look so elegant. This is no exception! I love the shape of that skirt, and how it looks simple but it’s got a little extra twist 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Many thanks, Lauren! L o v e this skirt pattern for sure 🙂

  • Annette
    March 27, 2014

    I love this look. I have wanted to try embroidered linen, but was nervous about the wrinkling. Thanks for clarifying that it is less wrinkly.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      Thank you, Annette! A few hours out of the dryer and the wrinkles began to disappear …… I pressed it but not excessively as I have done with many linen fabrics 🙂

  • Elena
    March 27, 2014

    I love the material for the skirt and the style too. Your refashion looks good too and oh so clever. One of my favorite magazines, Garden & Gun (that name is a shocker for some, but it is a great magazine!), had a Belk’s fold out ad, “Southern Designer Showcase” that featured a designer I first heard about on your blog. It was Annabelle LaRoque. I hope to see an original Sarah Gunn pattern sometime soon. Your style obviously appeals to a lot of people.

    http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130929/ARTICLES/309291013

  • Carol S,
    March 27, 2014

    I love your outfit. I once dressed up for a costume party with a black bob wig and big sunglasses looking just like Anna Wintor. Then I carried a Prada bag, and put a set of red devil horns on my head..The Devil wears Prada..Haven’t been able to top that one ever…

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 27, 2014

      LOL! Well I hardly look like Anna W, but I do love those dresses and skirts she wears. Many thanks for the comment, Carol 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 27, 2014

    This is such a great look for you! Super fantastic! I love that it’s a different shape than your usual- it looks lovely on you! The hair looks great, too! I say wear it however you want to, regardless of family opinions!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 27, 2014

    Thanks, Ginger! The hair just lasted a week……. but I do love the new style 🙂 …… and I noticed you went to a slim silhouette !

  • Rhoda K
    March 27, 2014

    I love your skirt and what you’ve done with the top – great save there. I love the embroidered linen, not showing the wrinkles is a definite plus.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 28, 2014

      Thank you, Rhoda! The wrinkle factor was a very pleasant surprise!

  • Cissie
    March 28, 2014

    This look is great on you, Sarah. But then, what doesn’t look great on you?! Love the flared skirt. Until very soon . . .

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 28, 2014

      You’re very kind, Cissie 🙂 Many thanks for the nice comment.

  • Kimberly
    March 28, 2014

    This is a wonderful combo. Good alignment with the yoke on the skirt and fabric choice. Also, love the re-purposing of the top.

  • Diana
    April 2, 2014

    Lovely skirt and a change is nice too isn’t it. You look great in close fitting as well as this flared out style.

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 4, 2014

    Thank you, Diana! Change is usually a good thing – just hard to bring about 🙂

  • Cennetta
    April 4, 2014

    Another winner. You look great in all your designs. 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2014

      Many thanks, Cennetta! so do you 🙂