Minty Summer Separates!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! So, today’s project is a bit of a different one for me. I’ve been wanting a full, mint green skirt for the longest time, and it’s finally warm enough to wear one! I chose a creamy cotton voile (here’s a similar color that’s absolutely gorgeous!), thinking it would be nice and light for summer. It’s not totally opaque, but I left it unlined- I can always wear a slip if I want to.

Simplicity 1690 | Ginger Makes

You don’t really need a pattern for a skirt this simple, but I was inspired by Pattern Runway’s free Easy Gathered Skirt pattern– it has a flat front waistband with elastic at the back. I don’t usually like elastic waists, but it’s nice to have the adjustability (and the freedom to eat a big lunch without fear of popping a button or breaking a zipper).

Simplicity 1690 | Ginger Makes

Cotton voile is SO easy to sew- I love it! Since it’s a light, fine fabric, I used silk pins inside the seam allowances and did a blind hem by hand. That’s it! Piece of cake.

Simplicity 1690 | Ginger Makes

Next up, the top. I was immediately attracted to this beautiful silk print. It’s such a great combination of colors! (Here are a few fun silk ikat prints!) I’d planned to make a buttondown with this, but I changed my mind after seeing a few girls rocking the crop top + midi skirt look. It’s a bit of a different look, but I thought I’d give it a try.

Simplicity 1690 | Ginger Makes

I used Simplicity 1690, a simple kimono top that I’ve made before, and shortened it by 7″ to create a crop top. Now that I’m looking at the photos, I think it needs to go a little shorter, even, so you can see the waistband of the skirt more. I tried to carefully plan out the print placement, but I’m not certain I was successful. Ikat is tough, dude!

Simplicity 1690 | Ginger Makes

I may not wear these pieces together all the time, but I’ll definitely wear them separately! I am really loving easy-to-wear separates for summer this year, though. They’re a fun change of pace from sundresses! How about you guys? What are you making these days? Any favorite summer trends?



  • Rachel
    June 23, 2014

    I love this! I’m a short gal, too, and love that we can also plat with midi-length skirts and shorter tops! I really like that silk print, but I hear ya on the pattern placement difficulties! 🙂

  • Angela
    June 23, 2014

    I just LOVE that print, i have admired it in the store, so glad you made something with it! Such a cute outfit!

  • Peter
    June 23, 2014

    Love the top — great job placing the print. The skirt is lovely too — perfect summer ensemble!

  • Amanda S.
    June 23, 2014

    Cute outfit – you look breezy and cool, perfect for summer!

  • Susan
    June 23, 2014

    You have two minty nipples! I was actually going to say I thought you totally nailed the shirt length for pairing with this skirt, and it looks like it’s just long enough to wear with a lot of other things as well. I love the print of the top, including the minty parts! 🙂 I might do something similar with some cool Tahari silk I got at Chic!

  • Lori
    June 23, 2014

    Wonderful job on the skirt and top, such a gorgeous mint color.

  • piakdy
    June 23, 2014

    That is so cute on you! Love the print.

  • Lladybird
    June 24, 2014

    UMMM I love everything about this! That print with those mint accents and dude, you are rockin that crop top.

  • Sallie
    June 24, 2014

    You are just the picture of summer!! Those colors! Those prints! Those proportions!! Summer. It’s written all over you. I wanna steal this look right NOW!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 24, 2014

    Cool clothes for hot summer days! Very cute and I bet you wear both all summer long 🙂

  • Cennetta
    June 24, 2014

    This is a cute summer outfit. You look cool and comfortable ready for a afternoon stroll. I especially like how you handle the placement of the print in your top.

  • Sew Well
    June 25, 2014

    I love how you always try out new things. They almost always end up looking awesome as well. This crop-midi look looks great on you!

  • Mimi
    June 25, 2014

    I liked this post so much I wanted to make the top,especially since Simplicity patterns are on sale. But when I checked Simplicity 1690 I found a completely different pattern.
    Please help! Thanks.

  • Diana
    June 26, 2014

    Really cute outfit. Love the ikat print and I think you placed the pattern on the print just right.

  • Fiona
    June 28, 2014

    I’m loving this boxy crop top and full skirt trend too! You’ve done a beautiful job Sonja, the colours are great on you and look so fresh and cool. I think the proportions of this look can be a little tricky to get right but the fit of that top is spot on to pair with a full skirt!

  • Rose Britton
    June 30, 2014

    Love the print, love the skirt!