Van Gogh Cascade

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:DSC_0435The 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.DSC_0411I 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 🙂DSC_0311The 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!DSC_0367Once 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.  DSC_0379Including 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.DSC_0273

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 🙂DSC_0441If 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!DSC_0412 DSC_0404 DSC_0308 DSC_0313 DSC_0438

*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 🙂

  • I LOVE your skirt! Excellent choice with the fabric!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! This fabric jumped out at me as soon as I saw it, AND it was on sale…Meant to be!

  • Katie

    Fabulous outfit! I LOVE your Cascade skirt! I couldn’t help myself and bought the whole Breakwater collection, so undoubtedly they will be making appearances on my blog once I’m no longer preggo! And The fabric is fantastic — I’m going to go hunt some down! I’ll be on the lookout for your Project Sewn entry tomorrow! (And I agree with you about the contestants–they were all fabulous but I just adored Sophie’s entry. She got my vote too!).

  • Renee

    Absolutely beautiful skirt. The top suits it well also.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!

  • Clover

    I have been dreaming about this skirt but I dress so casually I don’t know how often I would wear it. Yours is beautiful as are all your posts this month. Your sewing has been inspiring.

    • Kelly

      Wow, that is so nice- thank you!! I am thinking it would be more casual done in a solid knit fabric…be on the lookout for one here soon 🙂

  • Gorgeous! I have seen a few of these skirts around the blog world and they are all amazing. I haven’t purchased any of Megan Nielsen’s patterns, mostly because of the price, but your skirt is tempting me.

    • Kelly

      I know, the price seems a bit steep at first! But the patterns are amazing, and I always learn new techniques and tricks so I consider it a sewing lesson (and then $20 doesn’t seem so bad!)

  • Suzanne Williams

    Love the skirt, and the fabric!! Beautiful photos too!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you mommy 🙂

      • Suzanne Williams

        Realized I forgot to mention your Briar top 🙂 I think it’s great too!! The necklace is very pretty. I’m going to go take a look!

  • oh kelly it’s gooooorgeous! this is my favorite from breakwater – it looks so fun to wear. that fabric is amazing, and great call on the briar. so lovely!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you Kristin!! It is fun to wear 🙂 I am trying to get to your t-shirt pattern, I keep seeing cute versions pop up and I need to mix it up a bit!

  • oh Kelly!
    I just adore this whole outfit!! I love how your Cascade turned out – that fabric is an amazing pairing with the pattern!!
    And seriously, i’m so thrilled to see you in some Clydes Rebirth! I have a rather ridiculous obsession with Merls’ jewellery – she really is the sweetest person ever and so talented!!

    hugs!
    xoxo

    • Kelly

      Thank you Megan!! I saw Clyde’s Rebirth on your blog a while back, and kept coming back to it. I am so glad I finally gave in, this necklace is perfect and I can see myself buying more, eek 🙂

    • No, I love YOU more Megan! You keep talking me up on the interwebs and I won’t be able to fit my head out of the door 😉

      And Kelly, you are STUNNING! This outfit is seriously all that and like 5 bags of chips. I love the fabric paired with a classy crop top and of course the bling ha! I wish I wasn’t a total failure at sewing [seriously.. it’s comical how awful I am] because I want every.single.thing from the Breakwater collection. I may just have to teleport Megan to Chicago to make me a wardrobe…..

      • Kelly

        Haha…Thank you!! And you could work out a barter system, Megan Nielsen garments for jewelry. This skirt is easy as it doesn’t really have to be fitted in any way, it’s all adjustable 🙂

  • Oh you look like you should be dancing all day in that outfit. It is wonderful. I’m a big fan of Megan’s patterns and I’m glad to see this works so well with the Briar. Good luck on project sewn and yes, Sophie’s outfit is superb.

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! I am so glad Sophie won, I just adore everything she makes 🙂

  • Kelly it looks gorgeous! Very inspiring, I’ve completed a cascade as well and they are lovely. Also thanks for your tips about sewing the briar, I’ve also completed two of them and they are great patterns too.

    • Kelly

      Thank you Elizabeth! So glad to hear it went well with the Briars, can’t wait to see your finished projects!

  • Beautiful! I love the fabric you chose for the skirt. I also like the high-low hemline.
    –Jill
    Jill Made It

    • Kelly

      Thank you Jill! I think is is so sweet that you have been making clothes for your sister 🙂

  • ah! the wind really does make the skirt look great, even if it already looks great on its own :)!

    • Kelly

      Thanks! There were storms lurking around, and things got pretty windy at times!

  • This skirt is amazing!!!! The whole outfit is pretty awesome! The Breakwater patterns are gorgeous but I didn’t think they were really my style so have not been tempted to purchase. I think they might be worth another look after this post! Fingers crossed for you and voting this weekend! Sara

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I find that happens a lot with patterns- I will pass them up initially but then someone makes up a version that makes me go out and buy it 🙂

  • The skirt is beautiful! The fabric is to die for! Love the final resulst. Stunning!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!

  • ~T~

    I like the outfit, and the photos are awesome! Good job.

    • Kelly

      Thanks!!

  • This is gorgeous!!!!! And I love the way you styled it!! I can’t wait to tackle this pattern! This was just the inspiration I needed!!

    • Kelly

      It is a fun pattern because it comes together so quickly and the results are quite dramatic…can’t wait to see your spin on it!!

  • This is such a lovely skirt, and it pairs so nicely with that Briar. The skirt must be so much fun to wear. It looks like it moves so beautifully! I have yet to try a high-low hem, but I’m getting very tempted by all the ones I’ve seen lately.

    • Kelly

      You should try it, everything you make is so pretty I know you would rock it! But I have to say I hesitate sometimes to sew things that are “trendy” because I want to be able to wear them for a long time.

  • whoah whoah WHOAH your cascade is absolutely breathtaking!!!! i found you through megan’s blog… i just have to tell you, i’m at work (rehearsal) and all of these dancers and creative types are stopping and gasping at my ipad screen, saying things like “breathtaking” and “make me that”. they’ll have to wait their turn.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!! You make so many gorgeous things, it is really a great compliment that you like mine! And I just started dancing (ballet) a couple of years ago (total amateur) so it is also fun to hear dancers liking it 🙂 It would be perfect to wear to dance class over a leotard and tights, I am planning a couple more just for that reason!

  • That skirt is pretty much just awesome. I’ve never sewn one of her patterns before but have totally wanted to try one…this may be the one. And that fabric looks delightful!
    -liZ

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! This is a good one to start with…easy to fit because it is a wrap skirt, and it comes together so quick! I definitely will be making more 🙂

  • I love this! I came over from Crafterhours becuase I just really liked how this submission looked. I love the shape of this skirt and I think you picked the most fabulous-looking fabric for it! Lovely lovely project -congrats!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!! I went on a search all over the internet, I wanted fabric that reminded me of water…when I saw this print AND it was a nice drapey rayon, I knew it would be perfect! Definitely a lucky find 🙂

  • Gaah, this skirt is so gorgeous!! I also have that fabric in the brown colorway. Loved it when I bought it a year ago (also on sale!) but then I pre-washed it and it changed. It came out a bit duller, not as silky, and it wrinkles like crazy. How have you found yours to be after washing it? Should I give it another try? thanks

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! And I have washed and dried it lots, I was actually pretty impressed with how it washed up. I always pre-wash fabric 2 or 3 times before I sew with it, just to make sure to get all shrinkage out of the way. Let me know how it goes with yours, I am curious now 🙂

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