Monday, August 13, 2007

Fall Sewing - Ruched Skirt


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I knew when I saw this skirt pattern in the May 2007 Burda WOF magazine that I wanted to make it, and I knew the perfect fabric. Timmel Fabric had had a plaid mesh fabric that kept popping up in my head, but I never knew just what I should do with it. Until I saw this skirt. The original was a plain tulle underskirt with a border print overskirt, but I thought a plain overskirt would be more wearable with such a stylized design. So, I ordered the fabric along with a plain brown in a light weight, and proceeded to do nothing with them for a couple months. I'm glad I waited, as it really seems to be a Fall skirt rather than a summer one, and when I had finished it, my real problems began, as I tried to find something that I wanted to wear with it.

I had lots of help from some very discerning eyes, and the consensus was that it went best with a Marfy zip-front jacket that I made a couple years ago. (The colors are better in person, as I lightened this photo a bit so the skirt shows better.) So, now I had a jacket, I now needed a blouse. I had enough left of the plaid to make a blouse, and so I tried on several styles to see what I liked with the jacket, and decided on Vogue 2719, which I had made previously in a batik. You can see the collar under the jacket above, or here's a photo of just the skirt and blouse.


Link to larger photo here.

I put 2 collars on the blouse. I used the brown skirt fabric for the undercollar on the top collar and the top of the lower collar. It's a small detail, suggested by Linda's description of an Armani jacket, although completely different, and not nearly so wonderful. It was fun to do something different, though.


Larger Photo Here.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice work. I really like seeing how you put ideas together for your own style.
Miriam

Vicki W said...

That is a great outfit!

Donna said...

You look dynamite in this ensemble, which looks so couture. I literally gasped with delight when I saw the picture. Wonderful!

Elaray said...

When I saw this skirt in BWOF, I was less than impressed. But your interpretation is fantastic. I am inspired by your creativity and ability to see the possibilities.

Cherie said...

Your couture style and pattern choices are indeed so interesting - this is a study in details, including the match with the jacket. A very artsy look that you really can pull off! I enjoy your blog so much seeing what your creativity has done with a wardrobe!

Beth H said...

That is delightful, Liana! It looks great on you, too.

Sarah said...

I wandered over here from Carolyn's blog, and I have but one thing to say: I *love* that skirt! Hope to see more of your lovely sewing!
~sarah from oz

Claudine said...

Wow, that looks fabulous, Liana! Nice work.

Pamela Erny said...

Liana,

Very few people could carry this look off with the ultimate chic aplomb...you my dear friend are one of them!

Beautiful!

Do come visit me at ~OFF THE CUFF STYLE~ and see what I've been up to lately!

~Pam

Julie said...

Oh I LOVE that skirt! I think yours looks better than the original. I especially like the plaid underskirt, and the jacket is perfect with it!

Linda said...

I love this skirt. You do such a great job with the unusual style and it suits you so well.

Anonymous said...

I really like this skirt. Your photo prompted me to go to the store to try & find this but as you said in your post I think it's only in the Burda WOF magazine is that correct?

Melissa Bishop said...

The skirt turned out great and you look amazing in it! I want to try and make something similar like this>
http://www.softsurroundings.com/P/Vivian_Skirt/
Can you please direct me to some patterns I can use? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.