Hotter Than July In Marigold Tribal Print Twill and Mustard Striped Washed Silk

Summer has finally arrived in Chicago.  Well, at least it feels like summer.  Last weekend temperatures were in the 90’s with a lot of humidity.  HOT! This Mood Fabric project was the perfect kick off for my summer wardrobe.

At first sight, I fell in love with this Marigold Tribal-Print Twill by Oscar de La Renta.  This funky tribal medium weight twill has a stiff drape and is great for pencil skirts and shorts.  I decided to pair this with a sassy little Burda skirt featured in the Burda magazine February 2011 issue.  I only glanced at the construction details.  This is a very basic pencil skirt with a high waist, flounce and long darts that meet in the lower center back of the skirt.  The hardest part about it was inserting the flounce.  Of course, I added a few inches to the length.  Burda suggest lining this skirt.  I didn’t.  There is no transparency.  The lining is not necessary with the weight of the fabric and the warm/hot time of year.

My inspiration for this outfit came from Stella Jean’s Spring/Summer collection of 2013.   I like the bold prints she used in her collection.  Her fabric choices are vivid, but do not take away from the silhouette.

I wanted to try a few new style options to jazz up the wardrobe a bit.  Initially, I thought to avoid a high waist skirt since my torso is short and my legs are a mile long.  But I said what the heck, worst comes to worst, I can trim the waistband if needed.  However, that wasn’t necessary.  I like it. 

First, I am wearing my tribal print skirt with a white twist front blouse.   This is the “safe” look. 

Now I’d like to review the blouse.  I used this beautiful mustard striped silk by Marc Jacobs to complete my Stella Jean inspired outfit.  The cotton silk blend has a crisp hand and sews with little effort.   I used Butterick 4659-A.

This pattern has been on my list for a couple years.  It’s a typical princess seam blouse with sleeve variations.  It comes in three lengths with a curved hem.  I preferred a straight edge.  So I used  the length of A and straightened the hemline.

The other changes made are:
  – FBA
  – Made five buttonholes instead of four.
 – Made a broad shoulder adjustment (which I didn’t really need).  I had to trimmed the excess away.   No sway back adjustment, which I think I needed.  But it does not look too bad.
 – Added an half inch to the center front from the edge of the collar to the hem.
 – Top stitch along the princess seams and where the edge of the sleeve meets the flounce.
 – The side front and back are cut on the bias.

Next, I’m wearing it similar to the inspiration outfit with the blouse on the outside.

Notice I didn’t try to match the stripes.  I think it looks just fine.  This blouse can easily double as a light weight jacket to be worn over a tank top.  It is crisp and does not loose it’s shape.

I am very pleased with how this outfit turned out.  I plan to use both patterns again.  I recommend both fabrics and patterns.

Finally, I’m wearing the blouse with a white cotton skirt, Butterick 5566.

So, I hope you like the outfit and my fabric choices.  If this is your style or if you want to try something new, both fabrics are still available at the Mood online fabric store.

Happy Sewing!




  • wendy
    May 28, 2014

    This looks so chic! The material works really well with the pencil skirt style. 🙂

  • Goodbye Valentino
    May 28, 2014

    You’ve outdone yourself Cennetta creating multiple outfits from two smart pieces! You look fabulous in the high waisted skirt and yellow/mustard is YOUR color!

  • Lauren
    May 28, 2014

    High-waisted looks SO good on you!! Love that skirt! 🙂

    • The Mahogany Stylist
      May 28, 2014

      Thanks, Lauren. I see more high waist skirts/pants in my future. ;-).

  • Sallie
    May 28, 2014

    Love the high-waisted skirt, Cennetta! And that mustard color is extremely flattering! I’m also loving the print mixing with the tribal print and the stripes – just lovely!

  • Maggie
    May 28, 2014

    Great job and this color looks wonderful on you!

    • The Mahogany Stylist
      May 28, 2014

      Thanks, Maggie. I so glad the fabrics and the design turned out great!

  • Ginger
    May 28, 2014

    Both pieces look great! I love that color on you! And the high-waisted skirt looks great, especially with the belt!

  • carolyn roemer
    May 28, 2014

    You look great in the yellow prints. I love the yellow on yellow combination. I’d like to see shades of off white or things closer to tan with the yellow pieces. Whoever thought yellow could be such a wardrobe extender! And such a good fit with all the pieces. The skirt with the flounce looks difficult to fit. I’m impressed.

  • Lori
    May 28, 2014

    Both pieces look great on you and I just love the high waisted skirt on you. Great job on the fit and the style on all the pieces and thanks for the inspiration.

    • Cennetta
      May 28, 2014

      Thanks much, Lori.

  • Amanda S.
    May 28, 2014

    That skirt! That fabric! This needs to be hanging in my closet stat. Fantastic job!

  • Cennetta
    May 29, 2014

    Thanks, Amanda! This is a great little skirt and it would look fabulous on you.

  • Janette
    May 30, 2014

    Those colours really do things for you. I’m attempting to bring more colour into my wardrobe, and I love seeing how you put the colours together.
    Previously, I’ve ended up with a wardrobe of ‘orphans’, where nothing goes together, but you are showing me how to ‘plan’ it out.

    • Cennetta
      May 30, 2014

      Oh, Janette, I’m so glad the information is helpful to you. I have a few orphans in my wardrobe too. So these days I’m trying to add pieces that can compliment garments ready in my closet.

      Thank you for commenting. It’s greatly appreciated.

  • Peter
    May 31, 2014

    Lovely separates! I think my favorite is the print skirt with the white top, but they’re all great looking. Nice job!

    • Cennetta
      June 5, 2014

      Thanks, Peter. That’s my favorite too.

  • Fiona
    June 3, 2014

    Fabulous colours and prints on you! I love that both the patterns are very classic yet have unique details with those back darts in the skirt and the cuffs on the blouse. Lovely job!

  • Trish
    June 6, 2014

    That fabric on the skirt is DYNAMITE – and the way you pieced the back with the stripe is perfect. Truly a great look – and the pattern makes you look long and leggy!

  • Debby
    June 6, 2014

    Beautiful work and a great choice of fabrics!
    You model your fashions very well.
    Thank you for showing us the tribal fabric I love it

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    Amazing outfit – and all these summery outfits and yellow fabrics are making me most jealous as I head into the middle of our winter… although I guess I should not complain too much as our daytime temp doesn’t dip below much more than 20 degrees C… but how I long for a walk on the beach barefoot… Love the entire outfit – great job.