Silk Georgette Button-Up + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Hey everyone! Sorry for the boring title of this post. I promise I make up for it with EXCITING SNOW PICTURES.

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Like, I didn’t *want* to stand outside and take snow day photos (obviously it was cold – and also very very bright! Look, I can’t even keep my eyes open haha), but the indoor lighting was just too terrible. So here’s photographic evidence of the freak snow that swept across Tennessee last week – I think we ended up with about 6″ at the house (laugh all you want, Northerners, but that’s a lot here!). I got a few free snow days out of it, so I’m not complaining :) But I’m glad it’s gone! 65* this weekend, woohoo!

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Anyway, enough with the boring weather talk! Party outfit time!!!

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

I will start with the skirt, because that’s the piece that I finished first! I made this skirt specifically to wear for New Year’s celebrations – as I’m newly single, I wanted to actually go out and get dressed up! But I didn’t have anything really appropriate in my closet, so I had to make something :) This metallic stretch brocade has been in my stash for over a year now, and I’ve never really known what to do with it. It’s thick-ish, with a really heavy stretch and a stiff drape. Every time I looked at it, I thought “pencil skirt.” Except, I don’t really wear pencil skirts- so I never got around to sewing it up. When it came time to plan my NYE outfit, I one again pulled out the brocade and tried to narrow down on a pattern. I’ve been really feeling the circle skirts lately, so that’s what I ended up making it out of.

The fabric turned out to be perfect for a circle skirt – the drape gives the skirt a beautiful structured flare, and the waistband is stretchy and SUPER comfortable. I used a self-drafted pattern for my skirt, and added side seams and a center back seam so I could fit all the pieces on my tiny bit of fabric (I only had a yard – I know! But the fabric is super wide so it worked out). I added pockets (using silk crepe from my stash, ooh la la) and an exposed metal zipper to up the glam and practicality factors. The fabric does fray a lot, so seam finishing is imperative (I used my serger). It also hates being pressed, but I was able to work around with a very hot iron (I have a silicone shoe that prevents fabric from melting – if you don’t have a shoe, you need to use a press cloth! Trust me on this one) and then clapping the seams down flat with my clapper while they cooled. Not as good a press as you’d get with, say, a wool crepe, but hey – it works :) This was a super simple project, so I finished it pretty quickly.

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Now for the top! I actually wanted to wear this with the skirt for NYE, but there was no way I was gonna finish it in time – so I saved that project for when I had more time (don’t worry, I still wore a shirt when I went out hahahaha. I know you were probably on the edge of your seat wondering about that! :P ). I’m glad I did, because it turned out really nice and I really enjoyed working on it! This button up is made using Mood Fabric’s silk double Georgette, which I bought at the NYC store while I was there in November. It’s a little thicker than the stuff available on the website – and a little less see-through. Also easier to work with! I love silk Georgette; I think it’s really beautiful on the body, but it can certainly be a beast to try to wrangle in the sewing room. I ended up using a spray stabilizer to stiffen up the fabric, which made cutting and sewing an ABSOLUTE BREEZE. I will touch more on this after I run some more ~spray stabilizer science experiments~, but the short is – this stuff is awesome.

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

The pattern is my often-used Butterick 5526. I used a very lightweight fusible for my interfacing, so the shirt would retain it’s beautiful drape. All seams are French seams, and the buttons are vintage from my stash. The buttons you see on the sleeve are for the button tabs – so I can roll the sleeves up and wear this baby through summer.

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Even though I have made a LOT of party dresses in my dress, I don’t have any more of them (from weight fluctuations, to style changes, to just not being able to handle the shoddy construction from my early days) – so it’s nice to have something a little special and sparkly in my closet again! I like that I can wear these two pieces separately – but they also look great together.

Silk Georgette B5526 + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

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  • Jackie
    January 29, 2016

    Really cute skirt and it looks great with the top. And I think that you have more snow there than we have up here in Southern Ontario. :)

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      Ha! That would be crazy :) We never get snow here in Tennessee – the whole city shuts down even when there’s a threat!

  • Abu Saeed
    January 29, 2016

    This is really gorgeous dress. I really like this colour. and I really like the styling here too.

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      Thank you!

  • PsychicKathleen
    January 29, 2016

    Beautiful combination! I’ve never heard of a double georgette – what a challenge to work it into this quite structured blouse. You’re obviously a brilliant sewer :) I’ve heard spray stabilizer is great for those bad boy fabrics that want to scoot all over the place – I’ve also heard that if you save all your bits of solvy and dissolve them in water then soak your materials in that water after a wash – once dried it will be stiffened right up too. I haven’t tried this but I like the idea of it better than a spray. I hate sprays that go everywhere! :)

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      I know what you mean, but it is a pretty direct spray (and it’s not sticky or anything, so even if you do spray everywhere you can’t really tell hahahaha). I’ve heard of soaking the fabric, which I’m interested to try but I can’t imagine where you would put it until it dried? It dries into shape, so it needs to lay flat. That’s the only part that’s stumping me.

  • Amy
    January 29, 2016

    That silk is such a beautiful color. And, the brocade does seem perfect for a circle skirt – it holds itself in such a nice shape! I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve in your fancy new skirt, and I hope you get lots of wear from your top this year!

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      Thank you! I gotta say – that was one of the best NYEs I’ve ever celebrated. A perfect start to an awesome new year! :D

  • Fiona
    January 31, 2016

    Such a cute outfit! You’ve done an amazing job on the blouse, it must have been so fiddly in the georgette!

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      I was afraid it would be, but that spray stabilizer is pretty awesome! It wasn’t too much harder than sewing the same pattern out of a stable woven :)

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2016

    You’ve convinced me about that shirt pattern. I’m sewing up my second one now. I was wondering about using French seams. Do you have any trouble using them on the princess seams in the front and back? It’s partly that I’m being lazy, but I’m also worried about weird ripples. I should upgrade my internal finishing on this pattern next time, though.

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      I was initially concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do French seams on those curved princess seams, but it’s really not a problem (and in case you were curious – they’re ok for flat-felled seams too!). I use a tailor’s ham to press the really curved areas, but I think you could probably be fine on a flat surface as long as you were a little more careful.

  • Lori
    February 1, 2016

    This is such a pretty outfit and you look great. I need to get that Butterick pattern back out, yours always look amazing.

    • Lauren
      February 2, 2016

      Thank you, Lori!

  • JSSP
    February 4, 2016

    Great outfit for your shape, love the color combo as well!

    • Lauren
      February 5, 2016

      Thank you! :)