Sporty Chic Separates

Sporty Chic Separates made from Mood Fabrics -- Erica B's DIY Style!
As much as a I love a beautiful dress, great separates keep my wardrobe moving on a daily basis.  Sure, a dress is the epitome of one-piece dressing ease.  But the ability to rework separates again and again, makes creating new outfit possibilities endless!
Sporty Chic Separates made from Mood Fabrics -- Erica B's DIY Style!
Lately, I’ve been working on filling gaps in my wardrobe and I discovered that I need more knit tops that are wash and go and easy to throw on.  And a striped nautical knit top is a perfect addition.  I chose a beautiful black and ivory striped viscose fabric that was so popular that it’s sold out on the website.  But here are some more viscose striped knit options here and here.
I used McCall’s 6964 for the shirt.  This is a decent pattern with lots of tips for adjustments and it’s also cut quite long.  And since I used this great fabric with good stretch and recovery, it sewed straight out of the envelope for me.
Sporty Chic Separates made from Mood Fabrics -- Erica B's DIY Style!
I fell in love with this ever-so-popular neoprene fabric from Mood Fabrics.  And it’s in red, which is one of my favorite colors to wear!  A lot of people have questioned whether or not neoprene is easy to wear?  Well, this is my second garment that I’ve made using this fabric.  I wore this skirt all day with temps in the mid 80s.  And it wears about the same as a denim skirt.  The other side of the neoprene is sweatshirt-like fabric so it feels really soft and comfortable.  And this neoprene is surprisingly easy to sew.  I did however use a large needle, I size 16 (a jeans needle).
Sporty Chic Separates made from Mood Fabrics -- Erica B's DIY Style!
For the skirt, I used Simplicity 1428, view E.  I added 3 inches to the length.  I wanted it to be short, but not a mini.  This is skirt is a sporty style with a slight high-low asymmetrical hemline.
Sporty Chic Separates made from Mood Fabrics -- Erica B's DIY Style!
These are too amazing new pieces.  I’m going to have have fun mixing and matching these pieces in my wardrobe over and over again!


  • Ginger
    May 6, 2014

    What a cute outfit! It’s so wearable and fun!

  • Peter
    May 6, 2014

    Great separates and beautifully styled — as usual! Red, white and black is a favorite combo of mine.

  • Rachel
    May 6, 2014

    I’m so not familiar with neoprene… but very intrigued! Especially by the soft interior… maybe the right fabric for my much desired bomber jacket? Great separates here. I love how the hi-low gives an otherwise simple skirt that extra little something special. I’ve been working on easy-to-wear separates for Me-Made-May. Thanks for sharing yours!

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 7, 2014

    Great choices, Erica! A blue and white striped top will unbelievably extend your wardrobe and I love the hem on your skirt 🙂

  • sallie
    May 7, 2014

    Great ensemble, Erica!! I’m so intrigued by the neoprene skirt. It looks fantastic! I have wardrobe basics on the brain, too – you can never have too many mix & match options! Now you’ve made me long for nautical stripes!

  • Fiona
    May 8, 2014

    I’ve been very tempted to try out neoprene but couldn’t think of what I might make with it, this pattern is a perfect choice with it’s sporty style. The red looks so great on you I can see why you like wearing it!

  • Amanda S.
    May 8, 2014

    These are some great separates, Erica! I especially love the skirt.

  • Lori
    May 8, 2014

    Those are two great pieces and I just love black-white and red together.

  • oonaballoona
    May 12, 2014

    oh that hemline is SO much fun!!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 18, 2014

    This is so chic and timeless – really lovely addition to your amazing wadrobe!