Silk Crepe Blouse + Corduroy Skirt

As much as I love the ease and guaranteed matching of making a dress, I also really really love sewing separates.

Silk Top & Corduroy Mini Skirt

To prevent the dreaded “closet orphan” (that one piece that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet), I always try to choose fabric and styles that will mix and match with things already existing in my wardrobe. Black and white polka dots and mustard tend to go with everything, so this particular duo was a no-brainer!

Silk Top & Corduroy Mini Skirt

Silk Top & Corduroy Mini Skirt

The blouse is made from some gorgeous black and white polka dotted silk crepe that I bought at Mood Fabrics while in the NYC store last November. I originally had it earmarked for a standard button up top – kicked up a notch cos it’d be made of silk, you know – but at the last minute, I decided to up the girly factor by swapping out the collar for a big floppy bow. I used my TNT button-up shirt pattern, Butterick 5526, and added the tie neck that I stole from vintage Simplicity 4676. I left the sleeves off and finished the arm holes with self bias facing, which makes the shirt great for all seasons (no sleeves layer REALLY well with sweaters, in my experience). The shirt is finished with French seams throughout, and the buttons are vintage from my local flea market.

Silk Top & Corduroy Mini Skirt

The corduroy skirt is one that I’ve been planning ever since I saw a similar one in Nordstrom last year. I was pretty excited to find this mustard cotton corduroy on the Mood Fabrics website – and I guess everyone else was, too, cos it sold out almost immediately! The corduroy is a light weight, with fine wales (the ridges that make it corduroy) and a slight stretch. I used the Rosari skirt pattern and made a mini version with these fun pockets.

Corduroy Mini Skirt

Since this is *such* a simple pattern with few seams, I went the extra step and finished all the raw edges with polka dot bias tape, for a fun surprise on the inside! There are snaps down the front and at the pockets – which I was lucky enough to have access to use a professional snap setter to do, and now I’m a total convert, ahh – which are a perfect finishing touch.

Silk Top & Corduroy Mini Skirt

It’s not quite bare-legs weather here just yet (these pictures were taken on an extra-warm day!), but I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of both of these pieces – together and with other things in my wardrobe – as we continue to move toward warmer weather. Happy spring, y’all!

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  • PsychicKathleen
    March 28, 2016

    I too have been looking at hong kong finishes on seams 🙂 They are a fair bit of extra work but on corduroy it’s the best for preventing any possibility of fraying. I like that you chose an “easy” pattern to indulge 🙂 Both pieces are lovely and no doubt will be worn a LOT!

    • Lauren
      March 29, 2016

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad I went with the extra indulgence on the skirt – the inside is soo pretty, makes me so happy every time I wear it 😀

  • Stevie
    March 29, 2016

    Lauren, this outfit rocks! I know what you mean about sleeveless shirts under cardigans, that works best for me too. I forgot how much I love mustard, you look great!

    • Lauren
      March 29, 2016

      Thank you so much! Mustard is due for a comeback, methinks! 😀

  • Fiona
    March 30, 2016

    I have genuinely just made basically the exact same skirt! Same pattern, same fabric, same snaps…but different pockets! I can’t stop wearing it. Looks gorgeous on you, as does that bow blouse! Stellar outfit

  • Lori
    April 4, 2016

    Gorgeous outfit, you always have the best fitting garments.

  • Amy
    April 4, 2016

    I love a good bow blouse. It’s just perfect in black-and-white polkadots. Paired with a comfy skirt – with secret polkadots, no less – and you’ve got yourself a perfect outfit!