Oscar de la Renta Silk Print Skirt

 Oscar de la Renta silk twill floral print skirt made from Mood Fabrics.

So this skirt, guys this skirt! It turned out so much better than I thought it would. It was definitely an experiment in more ways, than one so I was not expecting that.

Experiment #1, working with this Oscar de la Renta silk twill fabric from Mood Fabrics. Man, I was up and down about this silk. One day I loved it, the next day I thought it was too attention-grabbing, the next, well you get the deal. Fortunately the end result I LOVE. I guess it was just one of those fabrics that makes you second guess yourself during the process, but works well for finished garments.

 Oscar de la Renta silk twill floral print skirt made from Mood Fabrics.

*it doesn’t normally peek up in the center, just for the record. I think it’s because I’m pulling down on the pockets.

Experiment #2, kangaroo pockets. Which, to be fair aren’t really called that but I feel like they look like a little kangaroo pouch. ha, I’ve never made pockets like this before, they were drafted into the actual front pattern piece instead of sewn into the side seams. They were essentially like darts on the front of the pattern! So weird. And sure at first I thought it would be no thing but then I woke up to reality and realized I was using a BurdaStyle pattern. Why do I do this to myself?! I swear they have a way of making even the simplest of steps the most. complicated. thing. ever.
 Oscar de la Renta silk twill floral print skirt made from Mood Fabrics.

Experiment #3, churning out a lining. This fabric is really lightweight yet stiff, and I felt like a lining would make it drape better. Only problem is that the pattern doesn’t come with a lining, and I was worried about drafting one with the whole pocket situation. Well the awesome thing about linings is that no one sees them! So it doesn’t even matter that I may have done half of it inside out. So luckily this one turned out great. haha

Oscar de la Renta silk twill floral print skirt made with Mood Fabrics.

Also, am I allowed to say that I like how this skirt makes my booty look? haha, because I’m so going there. I think it has something to do with the darts in the back of the lining that I may have made too prominent. Yay for mistakes that work in your favor!

So now I want to hear, what’s something you’ve experimented with lately? (Both in sewing and in not. Tried a new food? Changed up your daily routine? Anything!)
Also, just because I’m desperate, any tips for the raging insomniac? I mean, Netflix is great and all but there’s only so many episodes of Breaking Bad you can watch.

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  • Rachel
    September 27, 2013

    I love the bold print! I just experimented quite a bit on my last make. 1.) mustard yellow! 2.) free hand button holes!

    • Haylee
      September 29, 2013

      Free-hand button holes? Like as in, hand sewn? Girl you’re blowing my mind! That sounds soo incredibly hard. Wow.

  • Lauren
    September 27, 2013

    Whaaaa that fabric is BEAUTFUL! Great job!

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks Lauren! Count on Mood to hook me up, right? :) Thanks girl!

  • Denise
    September 27, 2013

    The Lord of the Rings appendices at the end of the extended versions of the movies got me through midnight-2 am feedings with my oldest. Good luck! And the skirt is lovely.

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Ya that’s seriously how it is with me and Breaking Bad right now. ha thank goodness for Netflix , I seriously think I would have gone crazy by now without it. So I have to ask, is/was the 2 AM feedings thing a nightly thing? Because man, I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do that someday. You mothers seriously amaze me so much. Because it’s one thing to be in my shoes and not be able to sleep, but be able to sleep that next afternoon if needs be. But you moms don’t have a choice!

  • Elle
    September 27, 2013

    That is one great skirt! Re the insomnia: no screens of any kind, just something to read–interesting is fine, deadly dull is better.

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Ya this is definitely my biggest downfall. (As I say browsing the internet at 3 AM.. haha) it’s just hard when you’ve got sewing blogs and all that tempting you! I know you’re so right though, I definitely seem to have less sleep issues when I’m not around screens. Thanks for the tips by the way!

  • Pam
    September 27, 2013

    Gorgeous print! ANd, I love the pockets!

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks so much Pam!

  • Kelly
    September 28, 2013

    beautiful skirt!! It looks great paired with the chambray top too, very cute. I agree, no screen time for a while before bed…reading, chamomile tea…good luck! I feel like I could sleep forever but my little ones wake me up all the time so I am ALWAYS tired, haha.

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks Kelly! And man again with my amazement of you moms, seriously how do you guys do it? I was just saying this to Denise in a previous comment but I’m going to say it again because you guys totally amaze me! I’m not sure I could do it, the whole staying up even when tired thing. I think my kids would hate me from how tired I’d be. haha

  • Carolyn
    September 28, 2013

    This skirt is pretty! You did a great job on it!

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!!

  • Lori
    September 28, 2013

    Very pretty skirt, it looks fabulous on you. I am doing a hong kong finish on a jacket, that is my latest experiment. I sew when I cannot sleep or surf the internet.

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      A hong kong finish? Ok I definitely had to Google that, haha I didn’t know what it was at first but now I’m totally going to copy you by calling it that now. haha, sure beats my boring “bias tape finish” any day. Good luck with it by the way, that’s going to look so good and on a jacket especially. It will definitely take the professionalism to a whole new level I think. Can’t wait to see the finished results Lori!

  • Ginger
    September 29, 2013

    This is gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors on you! For me, sitting down to do homework always used to cure my insomnia, hahaha!

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks so much Sonja! haha ya that’s what I SHOULD be doing, but alas I instead find myself reading sewing blogs at 3 AM. :P haha, hey to be fair sewing tutorials is a form of education too right? :)

      • Haylee
        September 30, 2013

        *sewing tutorials ARE a form of education. Wow sorry for my horrible grammar, looks like I really do need to be doing some more homework! haha

        • Ginger
          October 1, 2013

          They’re the best kind of homework! ;)

  • oonaballoona
    September 29, 2013

    girl, this is MAGNIFICENT! i love how you paired it with denim–i just love everything about it.

    if i can’t sleep, i work through sewng patterns in my head :)

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      I do that too!! haha definitely with you there. I swear it helps so much too, it’s like everything has 10x more clarification at 3 in the morning. Thanks for your sweet comment by the way Oona! You are always so sweet and complimentary.

  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 30, 2013

    Pairing it with denim was brilliant. I’ve been experimenting with food lately…not really with my sewing. And I’m not help with insomnia. I can pretty much fall asleep anywhere and I do. I guess that’s what waking up at 5am and chasing 4 kids around will do to you.

    • Haylee
      September 30, 2013

      Ya 4 kids would definitely do that to you! And wait, is this Meg? Because if so, I didn’t realize you had 4 kids! Wow, you look way too young to have 4 kids. Seriously though!

  • Rachel In Red
    September 30, 2013

    Gorgeous fabric! And this skirt looks so good on you!

  • anne jewell
    September 30, 2013

    i just finished my first attempt of a lutterloh pattern draft–a vest that fits beautifully! for insomnia try eating vegetable sources of calcium such as kale, turnip greens, spinach, etc, every day–and of course, no caffein.–anne

  • anne jewell
    September 30, 2013

    oops, i hit the button too soon. your skirt is lovely!–anne

  • Amanda S.
    September 30, 2013

    This skirt is soooo pretty! I’ve had this fabric in my wish list forever – so glad to see it stitched up.

  • Amy
    October 2, 2013

    Wowzers! What a fabulous skirt! To know it was the result of so much experimenting is pretty awesome. I hope you find a reason to wear this one often!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 6, 2013

    Beautiful skirt and those colors look fab on you!

  • Jenn H.
    October 15, 2013

    LOVE this print!!! I just ordered a sample from Mood and am eagerly awaiting its arrival!! EEEKKKKKK!