Outfit of the Week - 18 May 2015
Our outfit of the week for 18 May 2015 is Colette's Zinnia skirt paired with Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse. Get 10% off these patterns until 12 pm on Monday, 25 May 2015! Find them (and all the coordinating fabrics) at the bottom of this page.
Zinnia is a quick and easy skirt. It has three variations: a below-knee gathered skirt with a button-front placket and patch pockets; an above-knee pleated skirt that has belt loops and in-seam pockets; and a below-knee, fully-lined pleated skirt that can be made in sheer fabrics. The features (like the pockets and belt loops) can be interchanged between the variations. So, you're getting a lot of value for money with this skirt! This pattern has been rated by Colette as a 'beginner' pattern. Colette's patterns have fabulous instructions (their motto is 'patterns that teach'), so this pattern can be attempted by those with minimal sewing experience. This pattern is also very well-reviewed on PatternReview.com (of those who filled out the rating section of PatternReview.com's form, 100% gave the pattern a positive rating).
Belcarra is another quick and easy pattern. It's a simple pullover blouse that has subtle waist shaping and raglan sleeves. There are three variations: one with no added features; one with tucks along the shoulders; and one with folded cuffs and a pocket. This simple, versatile blouse can also be made by those with only minimal sewing experience (it has been rated by Sewaholic as 'easy'). Sewaholic also has a very detailed sewalong for the Belcarra blouse on their website! As for reviews of this pattern, this pattern is also very well-reviewed on PatternReview.com (of those who filled out the rating section of PatternReview.com's form, 92% gave the pattern a positive rating).
It wasn't possible to show all the possible fabric combinations (and fabrics) in the collage at the top of this page! Keep reading for more ideas. The recommended fabrics can all be found at the bottom of this page (along with a discounted sample pack of all of the fabrics).
For Zinnia, I've recommended our Theodore light blue chambray, our Isobel black poly-viscose crepe, our navy soft lightweight denim and our Sabine polka-dot poplins. As these fabrics have varying amounts of drape, they will give different looks. Our chambray and our poplins have a lot of body: this will result in a fuller-looking skirt. Meanwhile, the crepe and denim are more drapey.
For the Belcarra blouse, I've recommended a number of our shirting fabrics: two of our Spencer shirtings, two of our Madeleine poplins, and two of our Sabine polka dot poplins. I've also recommended two of our Isobel crepes and our black Lydia viscose challis. As with the Zinnia skirt, these fabrics have varying amounts of drape and body and will result in different looks: the shirting fabrics and poplins have some body to them, while the crepe and viscose challis are more drapey.
As for fabric combinations, here's what works colour-wise:
|Zinnia Skirt||Belcarra Blouse|
|denim / chambray||all of the fabrics recommended above work|
|Isobel black crepe||black and ivory Isobel crepe, black and white Spencer shirtings, white Madeleine poplin, Sabine black on white polka dot poplin|
|Sabine white on navy polka dot poplin||white Spencer shirting, white Madeleine poplin|
|Sabine white on black polka dot poplins||other black and white Sabine polka dot poplins, black and white Spencer shirtings|
|Sabine black on white polka dot poplin||
other black and white Sabine polka dot poplins, black and ivory* Isobel crepe, black Spencer Shirting, black Madeleine poplin, black Lydia viscose challis
*Yes, this does match (and looks quite nice!)! The white of our Sabine poplins is more of an off-white (particularly compared to the crisp white of some of our shirtings).
This outfit was inspired by several outfits featured in recent RTW collections and popular fashion blogs. To see these images in more detail, see my 'Outfits of the Week' board on Pinterest.
I have to admit that I am quite partial to making a skirt in our lovely Theodore chambray with a blouse in our beautiful, silky, white Spencer shirting. I also think that either a polka dot blouse or skirt would be fun! So many possibilities and options for mixing and matching! If I was still working at my office job, I think I'd seriously be considering making both the blouse and skirt out of our Isobel black crepe: this would be a really elegant outfit (it would look a little bit like a dress, but instead would be separates that could also be mixed and matched with other pieces of clothing!).