As much as I love the ease and guaranteed matching of making a dress, I also really really love sewing separates.
To prevent the dreaded “closet orphan” (that one piece that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet), I always try to choose fabric and styles that will mix and match with things already existing in my wardrobe. Black and white polka dots and mustard tend to go with everything, so this particular duo was a no-brainer!
The blouse is made from some gorgeous black and white polka dotted silk crepe that I bought at Mood Fabrics while in the NYC store last November. I originally had it earmarked for a standard button up top – kicked up a notch cos it’d be made of silk, you know – but at the last minute, I decided to up the girly factor by swapping out the collar for a big floppy bow. I used my TNT button-up shirt pattern, Butterick 5526, and added the tie neck that I stole from vintage Simplicity 4676. I left the sleeves off and finished the arm holes with self bias facing, which makes the shirt great for all seasons (no sleeves layer REALLY well with sweaters, in my experience). The shirt is finished with French seams throughout, and the buttons are vintage from my local flea market.
The corduroy skirt is one that I’ve been planning ever since I saw a similar one in Nordstrom last year. I was pretty excited to find this mustard cotton corduroy on the Mood Fabrics website – and I guess everyone else was, too, cos it sold out almost immediately! The corduroy is a light weight, with fine wales (the ridges that make it corduroy) and a slight stretch. I used the Rosari skirt pattern and made a mini version with these fun pockets.
Since this is *such* a simple pattern with few seams, I went the extra step and finished all the raw edges with polka dot bias tape, for a fun surprise on the inside! There are snaps down the front and at the pockets – which I was lucky enough to have access to use a professional snap setter to do, and now I’m a total convert, ahh – which are a perfect finishing touch.
It’s not quite bare-legs weather here just yet (these pictures were taken on an extra-warm day!), but I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of both of these pieces – together and with other things in my wardrobe – as we continue to move toward warmer weather. Happy spring, y’all!