Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Khaki Skirt - New Look 6035


You know how sometimes you just have one of "those days"?  Well this has been one of "those projects".  You know the ones where it’s supposed to be simple and for one reason or another, or in this case several reasons, it turned to be not as quick and simple as I was expecting. There was nothing wrong with the pattern it was just....one of “those projects”.

I've enjoyed working with fabric prints lately but it's time for me to add some summer basics to my wardrobe. I purchased this stretch cotton slightly brushed medium weight twill a couple of months ago in hopes of sewing up some pants but instead I stitched up an aline skirt using New Look 6035. 

For starters, I prewashed the fabric and it came out with stains.  I’m not sure if it was my machine or it was damaged when I bought it but, ugh. I counted it as a loss but after a few days I washed it again and got most of the stains out.  It wasn't enough for pants but there was enough to eek out a skirt.

The skirt is pretty plain and although I'm looking to add basics to my wardrobe, I wanted to avoid the "Armed Forces" look (there's nothing wrong with a uniform look except when it's not supposed to be a uniform). I looked to my "Sassy Skirts" Pinterest board for inspiration and decided to add pockets and belt loops with top stitching, back darts for shape and 6 inches to the length.

The skirt should’ve gone together easily and quickly and the instructions were good but it took quite a bit longer than the 2-3 hours it should have.  I put the invisble zipper in 3 times because I kept stitching too close to the coil (really?), I forgot to put the belt loops in the seam when attaching the waistband and found another stain on the fabric as I was working.  Thankfully, I was able to get it out.


Well folks, I persevered and came out with a skirt I’m happy with.  For sure someone needs to print a “#sticktoitiveness” t-shirt for me.  I’m having a little difficulty figuring out how to style it because the topstitched pockets make it a bit too casual for the tops I wear to work.  I think it looks best with a simple t-shirt and sandals or tennies.  Any ideas on styling?
A print sundress is under my sewing machine now.  I’ll share soon!

Diane

6 comments:

  1. Great staple piece! (Says the girl who coincidentally wore a khaki skirt today. Haha) I like the added pocket detail. I think khaki skirts are pretty versatile- you can pair it with light cotton or linen sweaters, t-shirts, polos, or button-downs (meaning the more casual ones, like Oxford cloth, where the collar buttons down). For shoes, I generally stick with flats, like loafers or sneakers, but you could also do a wedge sandal to dress it up a little. Hope you find some outfits you love with it :)

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    1. Thanks! After I wrote this I found a black polo I love (but never have anything to wear it with) that looks great with it. I'm sure more things will jump out at me when I open my closet. And, it's the perfect skirt for loafers!

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  2. pretty skirt! Love that top stitching, nice detail.

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  3. Its a great piece. I like it with the navy tee. Maybe you could style it with a knit tank layered with a lightweight blouse tied at the waist?

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    1. Thanks! A button up shirt would work great. I thought you'd be proud of me for making a basic for my closet. You've been so good about adding those pieces to your wardrobe.

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