Separates Inspired by the Colors of Spring

When it was decided that we would all be sewing pieces inspired by the Spring 2014 runway, my mind immediately panicked. Runway? I can honestly say I have never even so much as glanced at a series of runway photos, let alone determined an outfit based on what I saw (I’m not saying this in an ~ooh, I’m so cool I just don’t even pay attention to fashion~ way, more like, yo clueless!). Furthermore, it’s difficult for me to grab “inspiration” from something without just blatantly copying it. I spent an entire month agonizing over designers, pouring over runway sets at style.com (holy crap, there are a lot of them) and wringing my hangs over what to make.

Butterick 5526 & Kelly skirt, made with Mood Fabrics

Then I discovered Alerbta Ferretti.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014

I still don’t know who this designer is, exactly, but the entire runway show is magical. Bright, saturated colors! Crisp white accents! Flowers! Stripes! This is the kind of inspiration I can get behind! I decided to make myself a *wearable* (emphasis on wearable ;)) version of my favorite look.

Butterick 5526 & Kelly skirt, made with Mood Fabrics

I used this amazingly bright orange stripe cotton sateen from Mood Fabrics and the Kelly skirt pattern to make my runway-inspired skirt. I just love love LOVE the bright colors of the stripes, and how they are all different thicknesses. It’s not quite the same colors as the inspiration skirt – it’s way more happy springy! Yay spring colors! I agonized for a long time on how to cut the stripes – where each color and wide stripe should hit. I used the inspiration photo to help me decide how to cut the waistband (it was originally going to be a mess of stripes on it’s own, but I like it as one solid, thick stripe!), and was careful to match up the stripes along the side seams, the button front, and the pockets.

Kelly skirt, made with Mood Fabrics

The fabric is described as a lightweight cotton sateen, but it’s weighty enough to work as a bottom weight. There is definitely some texture in the weave, and it stretches quite a bit. I made sure to stabilize the waistband and button placket so the fabric would keep it’s shape in those areas, and used a long stitch on my machine for all the topstitching. It presses very well – really easy to get a sharp crease in there, yeah! – but it also tends to leave pin holes. For areas that needed to be pinned together and topstitched (such as the button band and inside of the waistband), I fused the pieces with a long strip of stitch witchery instead of pinning; this keeps everything in place and makes topstitching SO much easier!

Butterick 5526 & Kelly skirt, made with Mood Fabrics

Since my skirt is so bright and colorful, I went the boring route with my top and made a classic button-down shirt. I used this Theory lightweight cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics and Butterick 5526 as my pattern. This shirting was a DREAM to work with, by the way – it presses and sews really nicely, which is important with this sort of pattern. It does wrinkle pretty aggressively, though – when I pulled my big prewashed piece out of the dryer, it was basically wrinkled into a giant ball. Yikes!

Butterick 5526, made with Mood Fabrics

Anyway, as far as the shirt is concerned – nothing really groundbreaking here. It’s a basic princess seamed shirt, although I did try to jazz things up a little by adding some white topstitching. What I like about this pattern is that it is very plain – which means I can make it into a millioooooon other shirts, using more fun fabric! I’ve been eyeballing the shirting on Mood’s website for so long, it’s good to know that I finally have a pattern I can put them to use with. Plus, if they’re anything like this fabric (aka, soft as angel’s wings), then I can just die happy.

Butterick 5526 & Kelly skirt, made with Mood Fabrics

I know my outfit isn’t quite as fashion forward as what I could have done, but I am elated with how both pieces turned out and I can’t wait to give them some proper wear to welcome spring in with loving arms. Come on, spring! I know you’re lurking back there somewhere, time to come out of hiding!

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  • Liz
    March 24, 2014

    Lauren,

    Love your outfit! You’ve interpreted the best parts of the runway look and made a great, wearable outfit. I love that they’re separates and will get extra mileage. Plus, it makes me dream of spring, which seems far away as I watch it snow, yes snow, outside my window.

    Thanks for giving a gal hope!
    Liz

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      If it makes you feel any better, it’s snowing today as well. Wtf, weather!? We shall dream of spring together, haha! 🙂

  • Peter
    March 24, 2014

    I love this outfit on you, Lauren. For some reason it makes me think of Frida Kahlo; maybe it’s the slightly Mexican feel of those stripes. (Looks great with the hair too!) The blouse is classic and the fit is wonderful. Great job!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! I felt a little Frida-y while I was making this, too – which is always a good thing in my book 🙂

  • Mary Danielson
    March 24, 2014

    Gorgeous, Lauren! I am digging those stripes paired with the Kelly skirt. They are matched perfectly, as well – amazing job. You look like spring personified!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thanks, Mary! I really love how the stripes look with this shape of skirt – I sense several more striped Kellys in my future 🙂

  • Sallie
    March 24, 2014

    Great job Lauren!! I definitely think the real trick with the challenge was to not only pull a look from the runway but also to try to make it wearable for YOU! I love this stripe-y skirt! And paired with a crisp white shirt it looks so crisp and springy!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie! It was a challenge trying to find a good inspiration, but doggone it – I did it! And made something I would actually wear, woohoo! 🙂

  • Lori
    March 24, 2014

    i love this outfit on you, Lauren, the fit and style look amazing on you. Great job finding a designer and putting your personal spin on it. I am with you, come on spring.

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thanks, Lori! Do you think if we wish it hard enough, spring will come faster? 🙂

  • Jenny
    March 24, 2014

    Oooh I’ve been seeking out a good white soft shirting for a while but it’s so hard to decide online… Thanks for sending me to Mood!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      It’s definitely a good one! 🙂

  • Cennetta
    March 24, 2014

    Lauren, You’ve got the look! 😉 Your month long struggle paid off. Great job!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thanks, Cennetta! 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 24, 2014

    What a fun, spring-y skirt!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Just what I need to get me through this neverending winter, haha! 🙂

  • Fabric Tragic
    March 25, 2014

    I am beyond impressed with the stripe matching. Glorious colours too. No wonder it makes you happy!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thank you! The stripe matching wasn’t too hard since there are only a few pieces to cut out – it just takes some forethought and (in the case of this fabric) a whole lot of extra yardage 🙂 Worth it, though!

  • Fiona
    March 25, 2014

    This is an awesome way to interpret a designer look! It’s still really ‘you’ at the same time as being Alberta Ferretti inspired, love it. Awesome stripe matching as always and loving that necklace!

    • Lauren
      March 25, 2014

      Thank you! I’m so happy with how my look ended up – and happy I did the challenge in the first place. yay! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Brennan
    April 9, 2014

    What can I say… love it. yes. Love it. The skirt is just eye-popping brilliant!