This week’s theme over at Project Sewn is all about your signature style, and it got me thinking about what I love to wear. I’m a busy mom, so I need my clothes to be comfortable and easy to wear. But I like to look put together- I’m not one to run around in sweatpants (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) My perfect outfits feel like pajamas, let me wrangle my kids, and look polished all at the same time 🙂 It’s no secret around here that I adore Megan Nielsen, and when she came out with her new Breakwater collection of patterns it was love at first sight! I’m sure I will end up with all of them eventually, but for now I snatched up the kit for the Eucalypt dress (because that fabric is FABULOUS!!) and also the Cascade skirt pattern. Here is my first Cascade, and of course I paired it with yet another Briar t-shirt:The fabric is a rayon challis from the new (?) Van Gogh collection from FreeSpirit. It is very soft and drapey, and has just enough weight to keep this skirt in place, even on a windy day. It was very easy to sew with, not much of a departure from a standard cotton fabric. I love the print, the colors…and the way the print flows on the skirt reminds me of water; which I think is what Megan said she had in mind when she designed this skirt.I lalalalalalalooooooove it! I feel so sassy walking around in it- it just flows and moves so nicely. It was super windy while I was taking these pictures, which helps to show off how it moves. But I can also tell you that it does a great job of staying in place- it can get a little sexy at times but at no point did I flash my undies 🙂The pattern is easy to sew up, but it does use quite a bit of fabric (almost 4 yards). Luckily I got this fabric super cheap on Etsy, but after making this I would say it is worth it even at the regular price. If you have a rolled hem foot for your machine I would advise you to make friends with it before sewing this pattern, and if you don’t have one they sell for $10 on Amazon. Seriously, there is rolled hem for miles on this skirt and I can’t imagine doing it all by hand!Once you have the three main pieces sewn together and hemmed, all that is left is attaching the waistband/ties. There are three waistband options: tied in back, tied in front, or buttoned without the ties. I chose to have it tie in the front, and I am really happy with how it looks. My tummy is not always the flattest after having two kids and I feel like having the bow there sort of camouflages that area. Including tracing the pattern and cutting, I sewed this in two evenings, which is a super fast project for me (I am not a fast sewer). I plan on making a solid color jersey knit version next for a little more casual look.
I sewed up this Briar last night- it is a straight up cropped version, but I drafted some little cap sleeves for it using this post on Megan’s blog. Easy finishes all around- for the hem, sleeves and neckline I serged the edges and folded them over 1/2″, pressed and sewed in place.
The length is a lot more cropped than I would normally wear, but I wanted something that would work well with high waisted styles since I don’t like tucking my shirts in (I always feel like they are shifting around and pulling funny!) I think it’s a fun way to wear the cropped look without actually showing any tummy 🙂If you like it and you feel so inclined you can vote for my look at Project Sewn 🙂 All three looks by the competitors were FANTASTIC this week, but my fav is Sophie’s from Cirque Du Bebe. She has such amazing style!!
I’ll leave you with a few more pics just because I love the way this skirt photographs!
*I wanted to add a note about my necklace-I bought it from the super talented Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth. She designs an eco friendly line of handmade jewelry that is amazing! You can find her here. I am in no way affiliated with Clyde’s Rebirth, I just think her stuff is awesome 🙂