Sewing: Circle Skirt and Wrap Blouse

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I had a lot of fun making this outfit for the Colette Patterns Fall 2011 Palette Challenge. It was my first time sewing knits, my first time completely resizing a pattern, my second full bust adjustment, and I’m so happy with how it all turned out!

May I present you with New Look 6149:

I styled it today with my Naturalizer Barstowe Wide Calf Boots, vintage frame purse from LadyListen, pearl and smoky quartz necklace from Orion Designs, and prescription sunglasses in Anne Klein frames.

***UPDATE*** Reader deal from LadyListen! If you mention you saw LadyListen, or Linda’s other shop Msmichiganroux, here on Stumbling Through Life you will get 20% off on your purchase. I can’t recommend Linda any more highly. Go check out her awesome vintage wares!

I love how retro this outfit appears without looking old and dated. I also love the little bit of glitz in the skirt to give it a touch of glamor.

And because you just can’t have a circle skirt without wanting to twirl:

The top is made in poly ITY knit fabric and the skirt is in cotton with a lovely metallic gold detail to the print that really didn’t show up in the photos. I purchased the pattern from the Simplicity patterns site when they had their HUGE sale on OOP patterns. The largest size is an 18 and I would have been more like a 20/22 in the skirt, so I had to add 2 inches to the pattern. I did my first lapped zipper and LOVE the results. I’m only doing lapped zippers on my clothes from now on, if at all possible. I left the back piece of the top pattern alone at an 18 and massively adjusted the front. It really does fit perfectly. It’s very, very comfortable.

Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge

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6 responses »

  1. Ladylisten loves this so much…all the happiness and fun! If anyone wants to mention they saw Ladylisten or her sister shop Msmichiganroux here. They could get a happiness discount! of 20% off their purchase. Do a happy swirl…pretend your in that terrific circle skirt!

    • Hahahahaha… you just called my outfit SMEXXXY! LMAO! Thanks, Amanda! I really think I could live in this outfit every day. It’s so darn comfy and girly. Perfect!

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