Colorblocked Silk Skirt a la Kate Spade

 

“Well if it isn’t Sultry and Sunshine!” blurted the drunk man upon seeing my friend and me.

The year was 1984. My friend resembled Angelina Jolie and well, I just looked like myself, only 29 years younger. It’s not hard to know who was Sultry and who was Sunshine. I’m not sure what little Miss Sunshine was wearing that evening but I doubt it was yellow.

There is no yellow in my home and I did not own any yellow clothes until two years ago after a medium told me I needed more yellow in my life. (Blogged HERE and HERE)

Now the color downright haunts me.

After completing the ruffled ivory top made from this glorious Ivory Goes-with-Everything silk twill from Mood Fabrics, I decided to confront this strange relationship I had with the color yellow.

ivory silk twill top The success of The Regis Dress propelled me to buy a bottle of Rit Dye in every color offered including two shades of yellow—Lemon and Golden.

I dyed the remaining silk with Golden Yellow which resulted in this color.

IMG_0457Then I ordered four more yards of the silk. Nearly three months later I have finally completed the ensemble I set out to make the first week in May.

color block  silk twill skirt I cut both colors of fabric into four-inch strips and pieced them together with ¼” seams, bringing back memories of my quilting days. After pressing the seams open, I pressed them towards the ivory strips and topstitched to prevent excessive raveling.

IMG_0459color block  silk twill skirt

My pattern is the Katie Spade skirt pattern. Taking a cue from Julie Starr I moved the zipper to the side and then decided to omit the waistband.

IMG_0425color block  silk twill skirt To give this soft silk twill the durability needed for a straight skirt, I underlined the fabric with silk organza and then lined the skirt with a heavy woven fabric with stretch (fabric content unknown) from my stash.

I’m hoping to dress it down for more casual attire too.

color block  silk twill skirt

The skirt was a successful experiment for me particularly in the area of dying for colorblocking and trim. How often I wish I had a contrast piece of trim! How often I want to sew colorblocked garments but can’t find the colors I need in the same fabric!

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the remaining 3 ½ yards of my Ivory Goes-with-Everything silk but I doubt much of the fabric will remain ivory. Maybe I’ll venture into the sultry colors, but for now I’ll enjoy humoring the intuitive spirit of Marcy the Medium :)

color block  silk twill skirt

Best wishes for a great weekend!

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Comments


  • Amy
    July 26, 2013

    Just fabulous! I love the yellow, and I can’t believe it came from a dye at home!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 27, 2013

      Thanks, Amy! I never knew the joys of dying fabric until this year :)

  • Laura
    July 26, 2013

    Wow, that is stunning! I especially love how it looks with the black (navy?) top.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 27, 2013

      Thank you, Laura! I was a little concerned that the navy top chopped my body in half so I’m glad to receive your comment.

  • Manju
    July 27, 2013

    Wow the skirt is gorgeous on you! Great job.

  • Peter
    July 27, 2013

    So elegant — I also love it with the navy blouse, which sets the skirt off dramatically. Well done!

  • Carolyn
    July 27, 2013

    Can I tell you how much I love that you dyed your own fabric and then cut it up to make the fabric you wanted for the skirt! This is just awesome! And I love your finished skirt!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 28, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! I had so much fun with this project….. and to think it all began with a leftover piece of fabric :)

  • Freija
    July 27, 2013

    You just gave me the courage, I already have the fabric and the dye, to try a similar project in wool. I have a beautiful piece of White wool flannel but if has a stain so I thought I’d dye it. Your skirt looks beautiful and looks smashing on you. The navy is a good match and I think it might just dress it down for you. Try Navy shoes too

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 28, 2013

    Thank you, Freija! I too thought about navy shoes with the skirt and may have to buy some :) Good luck with dying your wool!

  • Diana
    July 29, 2013

    I absolutely love this ensemble. I admire your courage to take a chance on creating a new colour out of the white silk! I’d be so afraid to ruin it.I also enjoyed your tales of the medium who led you to wear more yellow!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 31, 2013

      Thank you, Diana! I dyed a piece of leftover silk from the ruffled blouse. I loved the color so much I ordered four more yards knowing how well it absorbs the dye.

  • Ginger
    July 29, 2013

    This is too, too fabulous! Seriously stellar, and very you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 31, 2013

      Thank you, Ginger! I’m glad I used yellow dye, a color I tend to overlook :)

  • Lori
    July 29, 2013

    Just amazing, I love it with the navy.

  • Kathryn (fzxdoc)
    August 1, 2013

    Sarah this skirt is a perfect representation of how something so simple in style and concept can create so smashing a look. Great job on the skirt (and on the ruffled top)! Now you need a pair of yellow sunglasses. : )

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 5, 2013

      Thank you, Kathryn! Yellow sunglasses here I come :)