Black and White for Fall Nights!

There is just something so classic and elegant about a black and white ensemble.  And I just can’t get enough of these wardrobe staples.  There are so easy to mix and match with other pieces in my closet.
And one of the things that I’ve been craving most is a black guipure lace skirt.  And why not a white top with dramatic sleeves to pair with it!
For the top, I used Vogue 8945.  It’s actually a pattern for a dess, but I love the sleeves… so why not a top?  I cut the size 14 and I only used the front darts.  I didn’t make the darts in the back because I wanted the top to fit a little boxy.  I plan to wear it with pants and to leave it untucked.  My fabric is this unusual Italian Pearl Solid Textured Cotton Blend (Content: 53% cotton, 26% nylon, 16% rayon, 5% linen).  
This fabric has a crisp hand, similar to a bottom weight linen.  And it’s woven with glossy threads.  I found a that a very sharp Microtex needle worked best for sewing this.  This fabric has no stretch at all, and it would also work well for tailored garments.  And it would make a divine full skirt!  
My skirt is Vogue 8916.  I used Bemberg lining from my stash and cut the lining in the size 14, straight from the envelope.  I added 3 inches to the length of the skirt so that it would fall below the knee.  I felt a midi length would be much more elegant.
My fabric is Black Cotton Guipure Lace.  The fabric is 36″ wide.  I cut it on the cross grain.  I eliminated the darts.  For this particular guipure lace, the motifs are smaller.  So instead of working around the motifs in the seams, I just cut the seams straight.  And since this lace is so delicate, I chose a skirt with a waistband.  I underlined the waistband with the lining fabric and used silk organza from my stash to stabilize it.  And for the hem, I cut around the motifs at the selvage line.


  • Lauren
    September 18, 2014

    Everything about this look is just stunning, Erica! You look so elegant and I just love the entire ensemble :)

  • carolyn roemer
    September 18, 2014

    2 very interesting and challenging fabrics turned into a stunning outfit. Both pieces look very stylish on you. I would never have thought a bottom weight linen like fabric could be used for a blouse; very creative.

  • ME Pendleton
    September 18, 2014

    Stunning – I would not have thought to just use lining as a “skirt” under the gorgeous lace . Great job !

  • Mary Beth
    September 18, 2014

    Wow, this is divine, and the extra length of lace with no lining behind it at the knee is a touch only a couture sewer could add. Congrats. This is a wonderful evening look with the white blouse.

  • Ginger
    September 18, 2014

    What a great look! I love this on you! The skirt length is perfect.

  • Kimberly
    September 18, 2014

    This is a beautiful combo….and you look like your daughter’s older sister. :-)

    September 18, 2014

    Very elegant! I love the entire outfit! I have been dreaming about making a black lace skirt. Maybe soon!

  • Cennetta
    September 18, 2014

    Very pretty, very elegant. You always look fantastic.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 19, 2014

    What a knockout you are in this stunning ensemble! The fabrics play off of each other so nicely!

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    Incredible sleeves! I just love them! The proportion of lining to sheer lace around the hem is spot on too and it makes a wonderful outfit. I’m really intrigued by the fabric you made the top with and am off to investigate.

    • Erica B.
      September 23, 2014

      Thanks Fiona!

  • Amanda S.
    September 20, 2014

    Love the fabric choice for the skirt and the way you stopped the lining several inches above the lace. Adding to my Mood board wish list…

    • Erica B.
      September 23, 2014

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Peter
    September 24, 2014

    A showstopper! A great outfit but I especially like the lace skirt — beautifully done.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 28, 2014

    Love the entire look – the skirt hem is fabulous!