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Skirt – top combo!

top skirt combo
top skirt combo
top skirt combo
Skirt-top combo
top skirt combo
top skirt combo

Today I’ve got a bit of sewing I did ages ago and have been waiting for ages to photograph – the weather has been so awful and I like this so much that I wanted to make sure I got outdoor pictures! Although at the end of the day the indoor iPhone one is my favourite!

It’s a top skirt combo, in place of a dress, since I can’t wear those while breastfeeding. I wasn’t sure it was going to look any good, but I think it really works! I think there’s some more of these on my future.

The pattern themselves you’ve both seen before. The skirt is a Colette ginger, and I made it on sew Saturday, which I think was all the way back in September! I went up a size from the denim version, with mixed success. It sits lower on the waist, which is what I wanted, but also since the place where it sits now is very much not flat, that pointy shape really just sticks out and up in a pointless way. Which is actually the reason I decided to make the top, because I won’t be wearing it on top of anything. Next time I make this skirt, I’ll make the waistband straight, and maybe a bit narrower too. Which basically removes the design element of this and makes it just an ordinary a line skirt but hey ho. Nowt wrong with that.

The too is yet another onyx, this time with the sleeves lengthened to what was supposed to be full length but isn’t quite. Bracelet length this is called I think. I’ll add another 5cms next time.

There’s loads of crinkling at the back, not sure why, probably the fabric. It’s a charity shop find, quilting weight cotton, really long, approaching 4ms, but also super narrow. No selvedge so not quite sure why it was cut that way! Anyway, it was enough for the skirt and top so it’s all good!

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  • Lorena 10 December 2015, 2:50 pm

    The most I have sewed lately, are just buttons 🙁
    I have a several patterns and textiles I have purchased however I have not found the time to sit down.
    I think you did a good job here, I’d wear it in a heartbeat Franca.

  • Kathryn 23 December 2015, 7:26 am

    These look great! What a lucky charity shop find on the fabric!
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  • Sarah 8 January 2016, 1:53 pm

    Nice job 🙂 I’d like to make some kind of matching set thing – possibly one where the top tucks in to a high-waisted skirt.

    I think the crinkling at the back is both the stiff fabric and the fact that you are curvier than the pattern expects for your length – Patterns seem to be designed for tallish people with flat bums so this isn’t unusual or surprising!
    The back of the top could do with being flared out more at the bottom to accomodate your hip width – you can see on the front that the fabric is pulling around to the back & some of the crinkling is fabric folding up because it can’t fall down over your bum (though not glaringly – I’m a hyper-critical sewer so don’t take my comments as things anyone would notice).
    It might be worth reading about sway back adjustments and their relations – sway back is also common (despite sounding like a fifties finishing school criticism) & is just about your lower back curving in. The fitting symptoms are pretty similar to those for full rear/”prominent buttocks”/other unpleasant-sounding names for having a curvy bum.

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