Mess in a Suitcase, Day 2

31 Jan

Day 2: I wore a red skirt that I made last fall, copied off the pattern of a manufactured skirt in my closet…

…with a cowl neckline shirt that I made last weekend, when I realized I had all skirts in my handmade selection, and too few tops. It was surprisingly simple to make, and I think I’ll be making some more of them.

I also wore it, most of the day, with a hand knitted scarf in the same color red as the skirt, but for the photos I wanted to show the shape of the neckline of the shirt, so I didn’t get the outfit photographed both ways.

What I particularly like: the shaping. Skirts are the easiest thing to make, the default easy weekend-day project. But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. They’re still fun to vary, in the way that adding the circular “ruffle” to the bottom of this otherwise fairly traditional form makes it so much more interesting (even before the brass buttons). Also, a cowl-neck tee shirt is just that much more shapely than a plain tee.  I used a free pattern download for a sleeveless cowl-neck tank from the Burda site, and I put sleeves on it (‘cuz putting sleeves on sleeveless things is just what I do.) I think I will be making a few more of these, probably with different sleeve lengths.

No jewelry, today, and the belt is retail.

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2 Responses to “Mess in a Suitcase, Day 2”

  1. ReadyThreadSew January 31, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Very cute outfit.

  2. bernieandi February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Love it! This look suits you so well. I really want to make a skirt with a flounce and or circular “ruffle”. It really does transform a simple skirt into something much more chic.

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