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8.23.2013

Me Made: Chiffon Maxi Skirt and Shirt

A couple of weeks ago, we went yard-saling, and I picked up some pretty purple, black, and white fabric. Once I got home and pulled it out, I realized it was a really soft, flowy, chiffon-like fabric, and it there was about three yards of it! I was so excited to make something with it. I started looking up chiffon items and wanted to make a beautiful chiffon maxi skirt, but I also wanted to make a flowy chiffon top. Since I had so much fabric, I thought of maybe making a chiffon maxi dress that was actually separates! What do you think of this idea? I made a simple maxi skirt and a simple a-line shirt.
The skirt is a simple elastic waist, a-line skirt. I lined it with a light pink lining and sewed it to the chiffon fabric at the hem so that I wouldn't have to sew two hems. And I was trying to keep as much length as possible. I love this soft skirt because I can dress it up with my white bow shirt or dress it down with my sequin pocket tee.
I wanted a simple flowy top so that when it's tucked in to the skirt, it would give it a blouson effect. I just based it off of one of my other shirts. Luckily, it turned out great except that it's slightly tight around my arms. It is also a high-low hem which is my favorite to wear as a mom!
I would say this is my first time I can say I successfully did bias binding and am happy with the result. The top is fully lined so I didn't have to finish any edges except the neck, and I did the same technique on the hem by sewing the lining to the chiffon fabric. The day after I finished the shirt, I remembered that I wanted to do a keyhole in the back! How could I forget the best detail! Oh well, I might go back to put one in eventually.
Heather

10 comments:

  1. Really like how it looks together and as separates. Best thing is that you got a few different looks with just 2 pieces.

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  2. Wow...that is so smart and versatile. I was fooled at first, because the first few photos look like a dress, but I love that they are separates!

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  3. Very smart. At first it looked like one piece but when i read further... ;-)

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  4. It looks so pretty. And I love the fact that you found the fabric at a yard sale.
    And if anyone asks, the Seafarer top is an amazing pattern, well worth buying. :)

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  5. It looks great! You have the perfect body to pull the two off together, and they also look great as separates!

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  6. Brilliant find, and a great make - would never have known they are two separates:)

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  7. oooh I love it with the blouse!

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  8. Wow. I loe that you have 3 looks from 1 piece of fabric.Your high low top really makes me want to make one. It seems like it would have great backside coverage as you reach to get something for your son. I know I would appreciate that modesty.

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  9. Both pieces look great together and as separates paired with other garments. Great use of all the unexpected yardage. What a fabulous yard sale find!

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