I loved seeing everyone’s beautiful dresses last week, and the separates are pretty awesome too! This week for Separates week, I made a skirt and top for summer!
Have you seen the Marigold pattern by Blank Slate Patterns? It’s a beautiful dress pattern, but did you know there is a skirt included in the pattern? The Marigold Skirt has two features that will have me reaching for this skirt (and pattern!) over and over again. First of all, comfort. The wide elastic waist provides the ultimate comfort skirt experience! For those days when it’s going to be a loooooong day; pull out the Marigold skirt. The second starring feature of this skirt is the pockets. Because POCKETS! What Mom couldn’t use an extra hand or two, and pockets provide a little help when needed.I only made one change to the Marigold Skirt pattern, and that was adding length (surprise, surprise!) The pattern pieces give the finished lengths for the above the knee and below the knee skirts. For most women, they are probably accurate, but when you are 6 feet tall, the below the knee length falls above the knee and the above the knee length is ooh la la! So I simply added 5 inches and ended up with a below the knee length. This length is great for summer, but now that I saw how easy it was to add length, I’m itching to make a maxi version for fall!Let’s talk about that fabulous fabric on the Marigold Skirt for a minute, shall we? The fabric is from Hawthorne Threads and is from their new Fawn line of fabrics. This fabric is called Forget Me Not in Aspen. It’s feminine, delicate, and oh so summery!One thing we didn’t realize about Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics is that they are printed fabrics. This means there is only pattern on one side, which is awesome for figuring out right and wrong sides! Never having received fabric from them before, we were pleasantly pleased to see the care instructions included. Their tip about using a fine needle on Hawthorne Threads fabric was so helpful and necessary for a professional finished product.Since I’m working on my summer wardrobe, I made a top to go with my new Marigold Skirt. I used the Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic, without the cowl neck for summer. I made a couple of adjustments from the last time I made it. First I widened the shoulders, cuz, you know, tall girls have wide shoulders! And I also raised the scoop neckline about 1 inch for modesty. Let’s face it, I’m a Mom with 7 kids and I bend over to pick up kids or their toys approximately 7 million times in a day!I used my favorite fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. It’s the same as Annie’s Uptown Downtown dress, and now I know why she wore that dress almost every day this winter. Comfortable!!!The last thing I did on the Renfrew shirt pattern was to stitch down the neckband, cuffs and waistband using a zig zag stitch. This was only called for on the neckline, but adds some structure, interest and stability to the shirt. And I dislike adjusting hems, so now these will stay put!
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