Over at Mood Sewing Network, it was decided in February to have another challenge/sewalong. This part was the easy part deciding what exactly the challenge was to be was the hard part. Designer inspired was the conclusion and I went to Style.com to see all the designer's runway show for Spring 2014
Tracy Reese is my inspiration for my March Challenge, I liked her colors, fabrics, styles, interesting jackets and the neckline details. The biggest like was her use of separates, I could make three garments, that would work with each other and also go with so many things in my closet.
I made a skirt, top and bomber jacket but today's post is focusing on the skirt
The pattern Ottobre 5-2010 #2, which you can see here and the fabric is Mood Fabrics' Red and Aqua Lightweight Poplin Ikat Print
Now the changes, first I added pockets to the side seam, you just have to have pockets in a skirt, right?
One item on the skirts in the Tracy Reese Spring runway show I noticed was a solid waistband. I used some black ponte for this and interfaced the waistband to prevent stretching. The skirt just didn't look quite right, so I added two rows of elastic. This elastic gave my skirt more of a gathered look, it fit better and looked better on.
Even though I put in this solid color waistband, I think I will wear a shirt out most of the time. I just like how it looks on me with the shirt out and believe me I tried and tried to tuck in that shirt!
Now the lining, remember when I said I have limited stash? This always is a slight problem when sewing under a deadline. I could wear a slip with the skirt but didn't want to mess with that in the summer. I did have plenty of the poplin print let, so I just lined with the fashion fabric. Worked perfectly, and I made my deadline.
This skirt will be worn so much this summer with so many different knit tops and blouses in my closet.
I had ordered so many swatches from Mood to plan these three pieces and had some fabric I liked then I checked the website one more time. Right before my eyes in the new section, these three pieces almost side-by-side. On this particular day, I was emailing Ginger Makes about the challenge and linked to my fabrics. She gave me the encouragement to go with these and I ordered them right away. I am so happy I went with these, they are perfect. Isn't it nice to have the sewing internet community always right there to help? Thanks Ginger!