Navy Blue is the New Black!

I have an affinity for black.  I usually have to show self-restraint in order to not stock my sewing studio with black fabric.  So when I came across this gorgeous navy blue, I awarded myself a reprieve.  I mean, it’s dark but it’s not black so that makes it okay!
This Mood Fabrics fabulous find, a dark navy woven is from designer Theory.  And just as stunning as this fabric is, it’s equally unusual.  It’s a woven with 2-way stretch that feels and sews like a neoprene.  It’s magical when used on a structured garment as my skirt and also has an incredible drape.
My top is Simplicity 1283.  It’s a crop top and being that I’m pretty tall with a lot of torso, I added 3 inches to the length. Had I not, I would have had practically a sports bra on my hands.  It was short.  And this top also has an inch of negative ease.  I needed a size 12, but due to the design of this top, I went up to the size 14.  But the fit still worked well with my fabric choice.  And surprisingly, the sleeves are drafted with a generous amount of length.  I didn’t have to add any additional length to them.  
The pattern design, which is designed for a knit worked well my stretch woven.
My skirt is Vogue 1296.  This fabric was the perfect match for this skirt.  I love how it works so well for a structuced garment, yet has such an amazing drape all at once.  I cut the size 14 for my skirt and added 3″ inches to the length.  I omitted the lining.  The fabric is beefy and opague enough to where it holds its own.
After wearing this outfit which included entering and exiting my vehicle; standing and sitting, it has wonderful recovery.
There was no stretch out or sagging.


  • Sallie
    November 5, 2014

    Erica you look absolutely stunning in this outfit! Once again! This fabric looks so interesting, and it worked absolutely perfectly for these garments. I really love navy blue as an alternative to black – it’s much softer, and brings out subtle tones in skin and eyes that can be very flattering. So definitely a winning look to me!

  • Tasha
    November 5, 2014


  • Dominica Briscoe
    November 5, 2014

    The detail on the fabric is nice. I wasn’t able to see the print until you dressed your dress form. Great pattern and it looks wonderful on you.

  • Mary Beth
    November 5, 2014

    Loving this alternate “Navy is the new Black” and what’s more navy tends to be more flattering to most skin tones. Note to self on that one. And that skirt is the right amount of professional and flirty, all rolled up in one. Great outfit, Erica.

  • Lori
    November 6, 2014

    Erica, this is a stunning outfit, I like navy so much and this fabric looks fabulous. Great job.

  • Vernelle
    November 8, 2014

    Looks great on you. I really like your style!

  • Sand
    November 12, 2014

    Love the material (up close look) and your outfit is dreamy!

  • Patty
    November 15, 2014

    Beautiful. The outfit is stunning!

    November 19, 2014