Floral Marc Jacobs Print Skirt

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

Hey gang!! I hope everyone is surviving winter, whatever that means for you. We’ve had some glorious early spring weather ’round my neck of the woods the past few days. All my plants are incredibly confused! I keep telling them to not rush it, that it’s going to get cold again, but unfortunately I have not learned how to speak plant language yet, so I don’t think they’re getting the message…

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

This month I’ve got a fun new skirt to show you.  I’ve realized a bit of a pattern with my fabric purchases in the last year – if I don’t have a specific project in mind that I’m buying for I tend to just zero in on the wackiest fabric I can find at that moment.  This Marc Jacobs floral print, poly double-cloth was one of those purchases for me.  (It is now, of course, sadly sold out – but check out all these amazing Marc Jacobs fabrics from Mood’s online selection.  Marc Jacobs is seriously one of my favorite fabric designers, he just comes out with such fun stuff, like this vintage inspired floral silk, or this cuh-razy wool knit.) I know this fabric probably doesn’t look all that wacky at first glance, but trust me, its weirdness abounds…

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

First of all, you have the print. We start with a nice, sedate, oyster colored backdrop, all cool so far, right? Right. Then there’s a medium scaled floral print – also nothing amiss. But hold up! Now we take a major detour into Dr. Seuss-land because those flowers have stripes all over them. And all of a sudden a nice, normal, floral print turns a little trippy and weird.

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

Then there is the fabric itself.  The face of this fabric is a smooth, satin-like poly with a dull sheen, very soft to the touch.  This is fused to a heather gray poly knit on the backside, also smooth, but still… a knit.  Am I the only one that thinks this is weird? The fabric has no stretch and is a medium weight. I’m just so curious what this fabric was originally used for? Any ideas?

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

I thought it would make an awesome pencil skirt, but I wanted a pattern with a little bit of a twist to match the fabric.  I eventually landed on the Zoe skirt from Style Arc.  I really liked the longer length and unusual style lines of this skirt – the angled side seam, and the long darts in the back most especially.  I added black faux leather piping (made from my stash) to the side seam to really highlight that line.

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

The back of the skirt has a bit more fullness than the front, and the hem dips down ever so gently so the skirt gives an elegant sashay when you walk.

I feel like no one is going to believe me when I say this – but I actually really agonized over print placement with this skirt.  You see, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to attempt to print match those center front and back seams or not.  In the end I, obviously, decided not to, as I thought the visual jar of the mis-matched print along those seam lines actually fit the print better, and also helped to highlight those style lines without me putting the faux leather piping into all my seams, which I felt might be a bit much.

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Poly Floral | Style Arc Zoe Skirt

This was my first time making a Style Arc pattern and I decided to throw caution to the wind and skip the whole muslin thing.  However it probably would have been prudent for me to do a little basting test fit prior to stitching everything in place because I definitely am getting some fabric bubbling around my high hip area. Ah well! Next time! Other than that, I’m pretty pleased with this skirt.

I actually bought this Marc Jacobs fabric at the same time that I snagged this Black and Blue Faux Fur that I used to make my top, thinking that they might make a cool outfit together. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I actually saw my plan through! A rare thing, indeed!

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  • Debbie
    January 29, 2015

    Love it! What great fabric and I love the lines of the skirt. I quite like the mismatch along those cool seam angles – makes them more visible – so I can see the unique cut of this skirt better. I don’t think I’ve made any Style arc patterns before – I used to lurk their site a LOT before I moved over here.

    • sallie
      January 29, 2015

      Thanks Debbie! I’m glad you think the mismatched seams worked out – I still have my doubts! I have a few other Style Arc patterns sitting in my stash that I’ve been too timid to make up. I love the designs, but the ‘only order in your size’ thing and the minimal directions intimidate me a bit.

  • Ginger Makes
    January 29, 2015

    Whoa! This is crazy and cool!

    • sallie
      January 29, 2015

      Thanks girl!

  • Lori
    January 29, 2015

    This is a great skirt, love the fabric and the style. Great job.

    • sallie
      January 29, 2015

      Thanks Lori!

  • Sharon
    January 29, 2015

    What a great skirt! Perfect match of pattern & fabric! Sharon

    • Sallieoh
      January 30, 2015

      Thank you, Sharon!

  • Rachel
    January 29, 2015

    That is a devine little pencil skirt! I love it!…

    • Sallieoh
      January 30, 2015

      Thanks Rachel! Now I just need to find a chance to wear it!

  • Amy
    January 30, 2015

    Don’t you look fabulous! I saw that fabric, and I was really curious what it was like in person, but I hadn’t swatched it. It looks beautiful made up as a skirt! I recently made a pencil skirt with a slanted side seam, only mine went the other way – front to back. I didn’t think to add piping, but it’s a brilliant idea!

    • Sallieoh
      January 30, 2015

      Thank you Amy! We were in the same ‘pencil skirt’ mindset this month! I think if I made this up again in a solid I might not be so tempted to pipe the side seam, but I was really worried that detail would get lost in this print. Plus it’s a great way to hide the zipper at the side!

      • Amy
        January 30, 2015

        The slanted side seam one I was referring to I made last fall. It was a crazy floral print, so the cool side seam detail was a bit lost in a way that yours isn’t. Now you’ve got me considering ripping into my side seams!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    January 30, 2015

    Such unusual fabric! I bet it is comfortable!

  • Fiona
    January 31, 2015

    I was so intrigued and tempted by this fabric a couple of months ago so it’s so great to see it made up! I didn’t order it because I was trying REALLY hard not to buy things I didn’t have a plan for but you’ve found the perfect use for it! Great find with that pattern, the shape and length of it combined with that fabric has a kind of 1930s feel which looks great on you

  • Liza Jane
    January 31, 2015

    Gorgeous! And something about that length makes you look ten feet tall. I really love the skirt.

  • Amanda S.
    February 1, 2015

    Great outfit! Kind of vintage looking but with a modern flare.

  • patsijean
    February 1, 2015

    It is highly possible that this fabric was designed for a knit garment with a fused floral lining.

  • Grace
    February 4, 2015

    You nailed it with the Seuss reference. I’m also a big fan of MJ prints but sometimes the fabric is a little weird and I don’t know what to do with it. This skirt was a great choice.

  • Cennetta
    February 5, 2015

    Great outfit, Sallie. Love you use of both fabrics. I missed the faux fur top review posting. It’s a winner. The StyleArc patterns are on trend and classic at the same time. I especially like this skirt. Great pairing of fabric and style. I’m a big fan of Marc Jacobs fabric too. 😉

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 11, 2015

    Fantastic, Sallieoh!! I’ve admired this fabric but YOU had the vision. Good job!