Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Adventures in Dressmaking::Pleated Skirt and Ruffle Tank

My husband has a birthday coming up, a big one in fact-The big 3-0! My husband has been traveling a lot for work lately, so he wanted to do something low key, yet I still wanted to dress up. I thought this outfit was the perfect compromise! (As well as a compromise to our budget!)

I had the Anna Maria Horner Study Hall Skirt pattern in my stash and really wanted to give it another go. I wanted to make it less juvenile and more dressy. I thought that doing something monochromatic but playing on textures would do just that. For the main skirt I used a black Kona cotton and a satin for the pleats. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this skirt. The only negative I have against the pattern is that it was a tad big. I even made the smallest size but it still feels a bit too loose...in the way that it might just spin all the way around while I'm walking.

*images from Clairelafaye

For the top, I needed something super fast. I was inspired by these tanks in this etsy shop by designer Clairelafaye. They are so girly and fun. In the end, I chose to just cinch up some chiffon and sorta snake it around the neckline, giving it a bit of an asymmetric look. I hand stitched the chiffon onto an $8 tank top (even less if you have a Target coupon) from Target right on the dress form-so simple!

Go check out what Suzannah has been up to this week at Adventures in Dressmaking!


  1. How gorgeous! That skirt is so versatile and will remind you of your husband's birthday. Hope he had a great one!

  2. Such a gorgeous outfit! You inspire me to sew for myself more.

    I also had a quick question. Where did you get your dressform? I've been looking for one just like it! :)



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