It’s been a minute! I miss you all!! The last month or so has been CRAZY! I welcomed the month of December by breaking a rib! Apparently you CAN break a rib by coughing too much! I have not finished a garment since my winter coat, but that was a big one, so a break was well deserved!!
As my 2015 Ready To Wear Fast is coming to an end, I have been thinking about what all I have learned from it. I can honestly say that I have learned the importance of well-fitting wardrobe staples. Here is one of my favorite staples: The black pencil skirt. This is a RTW piece I have owned for a few years:
The things I LOVE about this skirt:
- The fit. It fits beautifully
- Wearing Comfort: The fabric is a woven with some stretch
- Style: Its high-waisted, which is always flattering
- The hemline. This hits me just below the knees and is quite appropriate for me, a thirty something momma of one
t has a slit in the back, which is a must for a fitted pencil skirt. I love this skirt paired with my self drafted DIY leopard top
I also dressed up the skirt for Christmas Eve service last year.
Because I loved this skirt so much, I decided to replicate it in a different fabric. So I created this DIY denim skirt below
It pretty much has the same fit. The fabric I used is a stretch denim that I had left over from fashion school. I had about a yard and it was just what I needed! I paired it with the DIY Frankenpattern top
Because my denim was a lot thicker than the black fabric, the self faced yoke/ waist band actually acted as a bit of “tummy control”. On my version, I added an invisible zipper instead of a regular version of the RTW skirt. I love invisible zippers. They instantly make your garments look high-end!
I wore it to Thanksgiving dinner last month with this DIY ruffle top I made
I also wore this to work a LOT with a crisp white button up shirt:
If you want to replicate your favorite garment, keep reading!
I have two preferred methods of copying an existing garment. I have tested and tried both and they work perfectly for me!
My preferred method to copy woven garments is the painters tape method that I documented a while back This works great for wovens with or without stretch. I have used this method to copy for my favorite skinny jeans HERE. The white jeans were copies from the skinnies on the left
For knits, my preferred method is documented HERE. I have used this method plenty of times with great success. The ruffled top on the right was copied from the left
I hope this helped! While I would never ever encourage copying another designers work by using this method, I feel comfortable using it for my personal sewing. I am guaranteed to get the perfect fit over and over again and it is very rewarding to sew for yourself when the clothes fit and look good!
I am so glad I was able to come hang out with you again! Please comment and let me know what you are working on! With a broken rib, most of my sewing has been put on hold, so I would like to vicariously sew through you!
Happy Holiday Sewing everyone! See you soon!