Summery Separates Inspired by Rachel Comey

Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing well today, the very last day of March! March holds a special place in my heart because it is my birthday month (and the majority of my family’s birthdays as well) and this year was even more fun because I got to try my hand at my first ever sewing challenge with the Mood Sewing Network! When we were given the task to choose a designer and make a completely unique look inspired by their 2014 spring runway collection I was pretty psyched – and a little nervous! This felt like being back in school! However, choosing a designer was a total no-brainer for me. Rachel Comey is probably the only designer who I continue to keep tabs on, no matter what, and I’ve had a long standing girl-crush on her for, literally, years.
Comey’s spring collection was really all over the place. Above are a few of my favorite looks from it (you can view the whole collection here). Crazy, tattered denim culottes? Check! Lace getups that are both seductive and frumpy? Check! Velvet slip dresses reminiscent of the 90’s? Check! Psychedelic swirly printed sweatshirts? Check, check, and more check!! Really, it was hard to come away with a cohesive statement from this collection, but that’s also what made it so great to work with – it allowed for a lot of freedom of interpretation.
Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
In the end I decided to create a look that was maybe a bit more feminine than what Comey was showing, but I think it would still fit into her collection with ease.
Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
I used this white cotton brocade from Mood Fabrics online store to create this crop-top and pencil skirt.  As soon as this fabric arrived I knew I had made a good choice. It was almost identical to this textured, white fabric that appeared in Comey’s collection:
This cotton is more ivory than white and has an almost slub-like texture to it, and a very pretty, subtle sheen.  It’s 100% cotton, but has a generous amount of width-wise give, which made it perfect for this sort of curve-hugging silhouette.  It was super easy to work with, as cottons often are, but it did fray something awful, so I was very careful not to handle the cut pieces more than necessary and definitely made sure to enclose all my raw edges.  I fully lined both the skirt and the top with white cotton batiste, which I love as a lining for warm weather clothing.  It gave a nice sturdiness to both of these pieces, while also adding much needed opacity.
Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
I used the top portion of By Hand London’s Georgia dress for the crop-top, simply adding a back button placket so I could get it on and off. The skirt is Burda 117 which I liked because it has the perfect mix of high-waisted, long-hemmed, body-hugging silhouette, and includes a back vent (an absolute must for this type of skirt). Of course I still had to take it in some sort of ridiculous amount through the side seams to get the kind of fit I wanted, but all in all that’s an easy adjustment to make.
Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
You can see the texture of the fabric a bit better in these close ups.
One thing that is definitely for certain – Gingermakes and I have totally been drinking from the same crop-top + pencil skirt kool-aid this spring! If that’s not a sign that this trend has arrived, than I don’t know what is!  You heard it here first folks – crop-tops and pencil skirts are so. right. now. If I’m being completely honest, I kind of can’t believe I not only decided to make a crop-top, but then photographed  myself wearing it and posted it on the internet!! I can honestly say that I have never worn a crop-top before in my life! Not being blessed with abs of steel (more like abs of marshmallow) I always thought it was a look that I couldn’t pull off, but I think the proportions of these pieces really help make this outfit more flattering.
Mood Fabrics White cotton brocade separates
And if there is one thing I’ve learned from Ms. Comey, it’s that layering is everything! And clogs. Always clogs.
Happy spring everyone!


  • Kimberly
    March 31, 2014

    Beautiful. Great designer and fabric choices and interpretation as well as fit. I am glad you are here and I look forward to seeing more of your looks.

  • True Bias
    March 31, 2014

    love rachel comey and love this outfit. you always hit it out of the park.

  • Ginger
    March 31, 2014

    Wow, we really were on the same wavelength! I love this set- it’s so, so cute! And I love it with the jacket on top, too! Very chic!

  • Heather Lou
    March 31, 2014

    Holy moly! Vavavoom! Aoooooga! Smokin’! *wolf whistle*

    Running out of things perverts will say to you on the street.

    Dear god this is great. I LOVE white in the heat, almost as much as I love a little peak of skin at the waist. This is actually such a smart way to bare midriff since it’s just a slice of ribs and everyone is skinny there. And I literally get teary eyed seeing that coat. “MEMORIES…….LIKE THE CORNER OF MY MIND…..”

  • Lori
    March 31, 2014

    Fabulous outfit, great use of that gorgeous fabric and interpretation of the designer. Great job.

  • anne jewell
    March 31, 2014

    your fabric choices are elegant!–anne

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 31, 2014

    Very chic, Sallieoh! It a great ensemble and beautifully designed 🙂

  • oonaballoona
    March 31, 2014

    you are so freaking chic.

  • Angela
    April 1, 2014

    Love this outfit!!! Looks amazing with your jacket, so stylish!

  • Peter
    April 1, 2014

    Wow — this is a knock-out outfit! Beautiful combo and you really wear it with style. Great job!

  • Wanett
    April 1, 2014

    The MSN has just gotten more babelicious!!! I love this look on you!!

  • Fiona
    April 2, 2014

    Loving this so much on you! You really do have that Rachel Comey look going on. I think I might need to jump on this ‘crop top and high waisted skirt’ train…

  • Cennetta
    April 4, 2014

    That’s a cute little number! It’s fun and youth. You have the perfect figure for it.

  • Elizabeth Brennan
    April 9, 2014

    Gorgeous… but then every thing you make is!