Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! So, today’s project is a bit of a different one for me. I’ve been wanting a full, mint green skirt for the longest time, and it’s finally warm enough to wear one! I chose a creamy cotton voile (here’s a similar color that’s absolutely gorgeous!), thinking it would be nice and light for summer. It’s not totally opaque, but I left it unlined- I can always wear a slip if I want to.
You don’t really need a pattern for a skirt this simple, but I was inspired by Pattern Runway’s free Easy Gathered Skirt pattern– it has a flat front waistband with elastic at the back. I don’t usually like elastic waists, but it’s nice to have the adjustability (and the freedom to eat a big lunch without fear of popping a button or breaking a zipper).
Cotton voile is SO easy to sew- I love it! Since it’s a light, fine fabric, I used silk pins inside the seam allowances and did a blind hem by hand. That’s it! Piece of cake.
Next up, the top. I was immediately attracted to this beautiful silk print. It’s such a great combination of colors! (Here are a few fun silk ikat prints!) I’d planned to make a buttondown with this, but I changed my mind after seeing a few girls rocking the crop top + midi skirt look. It’s a bit of a different look, but I thought I’d give it a try.
I used Simplicity 1690, a simple kimono top that I’ve made before, and shortened it by 7″ to create a crop top. Now that I’m looking at the photos, I think it needs to go a little shorter, even, so you can see the waistband of the skirt more. I tried to carefully plan out the print placement, but I’m not certain I was successful. Ikat is tough, dude!
I may not wear these pieces together all the time, but I’ll definitely wear them separately! I am really loving easy-to-wear separates for summer this year, though. They’re a fun change of pace from sundresses! How about you guys? What are you making these days? Any favorite summer trends?