Welcoming Spring With Ikat and Yellow

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics - 4

 

Y’all, it’s confession time: I am a sewing copycat.

Last month, I bumped into a friend on campus and went absolutely nuts over her outfit–a simple cream sweater and utterly gorgeous navy-and-cream ikat pencil skirt. As with most clothes I covet, I started scheming up a version of my own. Isn’t that a fantastic perk of sewing? If we see something gorgeous, we’re not constrained by budget or retail trends. If you can think it, you can sew it! (Did anyone else just start humming “The Think System” ditty from The Music Man? No, only me?)

Even better, the always on-trend Mood Fabrics had the perfect fabric for my sewing machinations. This gorgeous navy-and-white ikat cotton twill arrived just in time to fulfill my skirt-making dreams.

 

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics - 1

Armed with my favorite skirt pattern, the slim a-line Peggy Skirt from Blue Ginger Doll Patterns, I started copycatting sewing.  Working with this fabric was such a blast! It had been awhile since I’ve worked with a high quality cotton twill, so was newly amazed by how easy it was. Nothing frayed or shifted under my machine, like other fibers tend to do, and the whole project was complete in only a few hours. This lovely twill even has a hint of lycra in it, so it shapes to your body. I’m almost wishing that I’d exactly copied my friend’s pencil skirt, because such stretch would make a wildly comfortable pegged silhouette.

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics - 5

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics - 8

The construction of this skirt was also a breeze, which is always welcome. The Peggy is a classic a-line silhouette, with a wide waistband, hand-inserted center back zipper, and the most adorable faced front pockets. Just to break up the ikat pattern a bit, I cut the waistband on the cross-grain. I love the additional visual interest that this created. For the back closure, I also added a vintage red button from my stash, which I couldn’t get an in-focus picture of, sadly. It’s there and it’s fabulous, trust me!

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics - 2

There was one downside to this skirt, however. My closet was empty of cute blouses to pair with it! Sweaters will no longer do, as things are starting to heat up in Texas, so something had to be done. Thankfully, Mood also has the most amazing stock of shirtings. As a bonus project this month, I snapped up a lemon yellow cotton shirting by Theory and made up the sleeveless Archer blouse pictured here.  Unfortunately, Mood is all out of that particular fabric, but there is a lovely yellow shirting from Marc Jacobs in stock.

This blouse was another super satisfying project. The cotton had a lovely drape to go along with that fabulous color, which made sewing a tailored button-down quite simple. With coordinating yellow buttons from my stash and miles of top-stitching, it became the perfect partner for my ikat skirt.

Yesterday, in the spirit of Easter pastels, I topped the outfit with a pink cardigan. Is there anything more springy than pastels, white, and navy? It’s such a cheery color palette! Now, if only the Easter Bunny left us sewing supplies, like he leaves children chocolate…

Ikat Peggy Skirt from Mood Fabrics

16

Comments


  • Jenny
    April 18, 2014

    Gorgeous as usual. And I love the *surprise, no sleeves!* Archer. My Peggy skirt pattern has been sitting waiting patiently for me to make it for a while now… must get started! *reorders sewing queue*

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thanks so much, Jenny! I love a sleeveless button-down. They are, hands down, my favorite way to weather the Texas heat.

  • Helena
    April 18, 2014

    How cute! I just made a jacket from that very fabric (http://grayallday.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/my-first-jacket-islander-sewing-systems-jacket-express/), and I’m planning some skinny jeans to take advantage of the stretch! But I now can see how cute it would be in a skirt, too. You’ve made my decision a lot harder now!

  • Ginger
    April 18, 2014

    Really, really cute! I love this springy outfit!

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you so much! This color palette makes me ridiculously happy.

  • Cennetta
    April 18, 2014

    Cute outfit. Your pastel palette is a great way to say, “Hello Spring!”

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you, Cennetta! Your green dress was also the perfect color for spring. I love pastels this time of year.

  • Peter
    April 18, 2014

    Great-looking outfit! I love the waistband on the crossgrain — well done!

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you so much, Peter! That’s my favorite part of this skirt, as well.

  • Carol
    April 19, 2014

    Love your style. Enjoying reading your website too.

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you, Carol! I’m so, so glad that you are enjoying it.

  • Sallie
    April 19, 2014

    Such a perfect spring outfit, Mary! Love the lemon yellow paired with that ikat – and the pink cardigan is just the cream on top!! And these look like they’ll be great pieces to mix and match into your wardrobe with ease, too.

    • Idle Fancy
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie! They are definitely great separates, when it comes to mixing in with my wardrobe. This shirt goes so well with jeans!

  • Lori
    April 20, 2014

    Gorgeous spring outfit, I love that ikat print and perfect pattern for it. I am loving navy for spring and summer.

  • Fiona
    April 21, 2014

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a sewing copycat when it looks this good! Fantastic choice of fabric for a skirt and I’m loving the combo of colours and prints in this outfit!

  • It is SO refreshing to see plus size sewing and fashion design among the vast majority of straight size designs. I wish there were many more. Bring them on Mood!

    The skirt is adorable and the shirt is flawless. Beautiful, simple, and very eye catching. Keep your designs coming!