I love the monthly challenges over at TMS, they’re great for charging up my creativity and making me think outside of my comfort zone. This month was a big challenge for me. July is Mono Sewn-sewing in black & white- over at The Monthly Stitch. My vote for the month’s challenge was “Inspired By” so I wanted to incorporate that aspect into the look I made as well.
While I love to wear white I’ve really avoided wearing any black at all since moving to Florida. Living up north in NJ and NY it was my go to color-or lack thereof. I had quite the monochromatic wardrobe going at one point in NYC, with a full array of LBD’s, but once I moved south that look just didn’t cut it. I ditched a good portion of my wardrobe and started over. My style changed drastically as I started wearing lots of white and lots of color. The weather was a big factor as most of my look up north was about layering and staying warm, not something I ever have to worry about in SWFL.
I wanted to create a complete look and started compiling my ideas on Pinterest, my board is linked below, and shows my fabrics, pattern and inspiration. I waited for some good fabric deals and found some awesome prices on Marcy Tilton’s site. If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan. Since I don’t wear this color combo often- and I was trying out new patterns- I didn’t want to spend as much. The Vivian pin dot cotton was one of the Buy’s of the Week so I scooped up 2 yds and I fell in love with this cotton double gauze Black and White Check Japanese fabric and snagged a yard from the End Cut sale section on her site. I love the color variation in the check and knew it would be perfect.
The top is self drafted based off of Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank. I used the front bodice, shortening the bodice darts, redrawing the neckline and cutting off some length and then redrafted the back completely with a crossover piece. I’ve made a similar style top for my little girl ages ago so this came together pretty easily. I love the shape but I still need to work on the fit. This was just a tad too big. I originally was going to make it more cropped but decided I wanted to maximise the fabric I had to really show it off. I love the fade to grey and brushwork at the bottom.
I bound the whole piece with bias-and left an edge showing- cut from a black dress shirt my dad gave me after he tore out an elbow in it. I saved all the button & buttonhole facings in strips, the collar and cuffs and cut the rest to use as bias. I love how the black really sets off the print. What’s great is that this top actually pairs really well with my other makes.
The skirt I adore! It’s Burda 05/2012 Flared Skirt in a size 40. I knew this was the one as soon as I saw the pattern pics- the flared skirt and the high waist is really flattering. I’m really proud of this make too. All my seams are french and I really took my time with the construction. I love the welt pockets-especially in the contrast fabric- and the shape is divine with all the waist seams and darts.
For this make I used the same fabric from my top for the interior pockets and welts and the skirt button facing is the button down section of the dress shirt from my dad. My skirt ended up a tad too tight so I was so happy I had this to work with. The skirt pattern actually calls for 2 and 3/8 yds but I only had 2 to work with. Luckily my fabric was nice and wide so with some creative cutting I got everything on. I followed the instructions which were ok until I got to the waistband. They just weren’t making sense so I added my own facing to finish it off, cut to fit from the shirt material.
The skirt is a bit sheer but easy to wear with a simple slip. It’s so light and airy- I feel like it just floats! Perfect for spinning & dancing with the kids.
I’m already thinking about making another with my shibori shell wrapped fabric. I think the heavier fabric will work even better. Next time around the only change I’ll make is to widen the pockets by at least 2 inches. I had already added a few inches to the depth but they are still just too skinny. I can fit my hands but just barely. That should also help to make the skirt a little looser in the waist which is just a smidge too tight.
Love this look! It looks fabulous with the black halter I wore in the later pics too. My sis gave me this top from White House Black Market that fits like a glove-so comfy and supportive. I’ve been meaning to make a copy of it since I love the shape. I never thought it would get worn but it’s perfect with this skirt. Glad this challenge got me to try something new :)