Summery Separates Inspired by Rachel Comey
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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!