Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Channeling Emma Pillsbury

Simplicity 2698

I've made this skirt up before, about a year ago and love it so much I wanted another.  When I saw this fabric at Joann's earlier this spring, I knew it would be perfect.  Just a yard and half of 60" wide stretch cotton sateen was all I needed, but had to cut the waistband facings out of solid ivory cotton (no biggie).  I really wish I had bought more, I think I could sell them pretty quickly at work!

This "Project Runway" pattern includes 4 different waistbands and variations of the pleated skirt (length, number of pleats, etc.)  Both times I made the same version (the red/white one on the pattern envelope), and both times the skirt was quickly assembled and invited many compliments.

Sorry I'm not modeling, it was a long day at work.  Between the senior good-byes and the 85 degree heat, I'm one very withered flower!  The top of the waistband sits an inch below the waist and I hemmed it to hit just at my knee.  I *love*love*love* the pockets, and everyone seemed to notice them and like them, too.  Here's the view from the front/right side, but the pocket edge is so blended in (because of the print) you can't see it!  Oh, and the back looks exactly the same as the front.
I'm going to pick up another copy of this pattern this weekend during the 5 for $5 Simplicity sale at Joann's for Memorial Day.  I have plenty of colleagues that would love one, and it's perfect for larger scale floral prints.  Here's the first one I made last year. (Just a tad different: the pleats sit on top of the waistband bottom edge.)

So, while I can totally see Emma working this skirt with a white top and brown cardi, I kept it simple and wore it with a white tank sweater and these brown pumps from Target.  I love these shoes... hell, everyone loves these shoes!  And speaking of Emma and Glee, I'm now 2 episodes behind, so I'm headed to get caught up this weekend at Hulu while I trace off some goodies from the June issue of Burda.

Like this top...
or this girly dress...

and maybe this dress...

I'll check back this weekend, folks! It's almost Friday!!!

13 comments:

Gail said...

Beautiful skirt. I'm planning a pleated skirt this winter - now I can't decide between your pattern or KS3727. You should make a short, unlined jacket in red or tan to team with this for the cooler months.

Shari said...

I must get this pattern after seeing how pretty both your skirts look. I can see why you would get a lot of complement's on your skirt. Very Pretty!

beangirl said...

Those are both great skirts! I would totally be rockin' that look if I could wear knee-length skirts (um... I think I've already made it pretty clear how I feel about my knees seeing the light of day at this point). You are so smart to get another copy and market it!! Summer job! ;-)

Faye Lewis said...

Very nice summer skirt.

Amanda S. said...

Very pretty. You are on a roll, girl! Love that print too.

Branka said...

That fabric is gorgeous, I'm all about florals.. yaay

AuntieAllyn said...

Cute skirt! I love those large floral prints, and this pattern is just perfect for those types of fabrics!

gwensews said...

That's going to be a great TNT pattern for you. Very pretty.

Bunny said...

Love this skirt. It is way better than the original and I liked that one!

Michelle said...

Love the pleated skirt! Perfect for summer!

Summerset said...

Love the skirt and love the fact that it has pockets. When I taught, I had to have pockets!

amber said...

What a pretty skirt! And really, the little girl dresses from June's Burda were TOO CUTE! I think I fell in love with all of them.

sewphie said...

Cute skirts! Thanks for the great idea, I have some stretch cotton sateen that I need to make a skirt like yours from!!