Hey everyone! Sorry for the boring title of this post. I promise I make up for it with EXCITING SNOW PICTURES.
Like, I didn’t *want* to stand outside and take snow day photos (obviously it was cold – and also very very bright! Look, I can’t even keep my eyes open haha), but the indoor lighting was just too terrible. So here’s photographic evidence of the freak snow that swept across Tennessee last week – I think we ended up with about 6″ at the house (laugh all you want, Northerners, but that’s a lot here!). I got a few free snow days out of it, so I’m not complaining 🙂 But I’m glad it’s gone! 65* this weekend, woohoo!
Anyway, enough with the boring weather talk! Party outfit time!!!
I will start with the skirt, because that’s the piece that I finished first! I made this skirt specifically to wear for New Year’s celebrations – as I’m newly single, I wanted to actually go out and get dressed up! But I didn’t have anything really appropriate in my closet, so I had to make something 🙂 This metallic stretch brocade has been in my stash for over a year now, and I’ve never really known what to do with it. It’s thick-ish, with a really heavy stretch and a stiff drape. Every time I looked at it, I thought “pencil skirt.” Except, I don’t really wear pencil skirts- so I never got around to sewing it up. When it came time to plan my NYE outfit, I one again pulled out the brocade and tried to narrow down on a pattern. I’ve been really feeling the circle skirts lately, so that’s what I ended up making it out of.
The fabric turned out to be perfect for a circle skirt – the drape gives the skirt a beautiful structured flare, and the waistband is stretchy and SUPER comfortable. I used a self-drafted pattern for my skirt, and added side seams and a center back seam so I could fit all the pieces on my tiny bit of fabric (I only had a yard – I know! But the fabric is super wide so it worked out). I added pockets (using silk crepe from my stash, ooh la la) and an exposed metal zipper to up the glam and practicality factors. The fabric does fray a lot, so seam finishing is imperative (I used my serger). It also hates being pressed, but I was able to work around with a very hot iron (I have a silicone shoe that prevents fabric from melting – if you don’t have a shoe, you need to use a press cloth! Trust me on this one) and then clapping the seams down flat with my clapper while they cooled. Not as good a press as you’d get with, say, a wool crepe, but hey – it works 🙂 This was a super simple project, so I finished it pretty quickly.
Now for the top! I actually wanted to wear this with the skirt for NYE, but there was no way I was gonna finish it in time – so I saved that project for when I had more time (don’t worry, I still wore a shirt when I went out hahahaha. I know you were probably on the edge of your seat wondering about that! :P). I’m glad I did, because it turned out really nice and I really enjoyed working on it! This button up is made using Mood Fabric’s silk double Georgette, which I bought at the NYC store while I was there in November. It’s a little thicker than the stuff available on the website – and a little less see-through. Also easier to work with! I love silk Georgette; I think it’s really beautiful on the body, but it can certainly be a beast to try to wrangle in the sewing room. I ended up using a spray stabilizer to stiffen up the fabric, which made cutting and sewing an ABSOLUTE BREEZE. I will touch more on this after I run some more ~spray stabilizer science experiments~, but the short is – this stuff is awesome.
The pattern is my often-used Butterick 5526. I used a very lightweight fusible for my interfacing, so the shirt would retain it’s beautiful drape. All seams are French seams, and the buttons are vintage from my stash. The buttons you see on the sleeve are for the button tabs – so I can roll the sleeves up and wear this baby through summer.
Even though I have made a LOT of party dresses in my dress, I don’t have any more of them (from weight fluctuations, to style changes, to just not being able to handle the shoddy construction from my early days) – so it’s nice to have something a little special and sparkly in my closet again! I like that I can wear these two pieces separately – but they also look great together.