Tuesday, June 2, 2015

flirty summer skirts

I am learning to dress for the desert, which means natural fabrics, loose fit and as much coverage as possible.  Moroccan robes and other traditional Middle Eastern dress make so much sense to me.  
I have been sewing summer clothing, and have a number of new outfits to wear.  I'm still struggling to match my style with the elements of desert fashion above, especially coverage.  Here is an example of a top which works, but I couldn't bear to add sleeves.

This is V9067, paired with loose, lycra travel pants.  BTW, what is that fabric which is used for the wash and wear travel clothing sold online?  It's marvelous.  I reviewed this outfit and paired it with beautiful blue linen pants from the same pattern-it's a great desert pattern.  I di update the review because I removed a 5 inch wedge on each side of the top in order to get a more flattering silhouette.  

I tested the Ina skirt in a grey ponte and will certainly make more of this lovely pattern.  I'd like a printed jersey skirt and a solid fitted top.  Here is version #1-

Today I am wearing this little skirt and I love it!!
These patterns are next up:
M6966 
B6219
My focus this month will be on styling these skirts for the climate and my figure.  More to come!

What is on your sewing table right now?

30 comments:

  1. I like your recent tops and skirt. I live in hot, humid Houston so I try to sew mainly natural fiber fabrics. Around the house I wear loose dresses made of rayon challis or cotton gauze. I also make tops out of these fabrics to wear with cotton capri pants to wear out of the house for bar-b-ques, shopping and running errands. Like you I plan to sew some summer skirts but need to perfect the right style for my shape. My style has changed since I've retired from the corporate world where I wore tailored jackets every day. Karen

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    1. Karen, yes, exactly. When retirement happens, we get an opportunity to break free from some of the constraints of our work wardrobe. I'd love to see your cotton gauze clothing. Thank you for your compliment above.

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  2. These looks are very cute! You'll never be sorry that you protected yourself from the sun, I used to work as a field geologist in the California and Arizona deserts, and although hardly fashionable (broad brim hat, men's long sleeve shirts and painters pants, ha!), I rarely got burned. It was when I realized that I was getting a tan through my shirt (i.e., the UV rays penetrate thinner material) that I got even more serious. Now I always wear a (sadly unflattering) hat when hiking and out in the garden and when i asked my husband if he minded, he said, no, it means I'll get to keep you longer. Sweet....

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  3. Ok that little V8962 skirt--I must buy that pattern immediately. It looks like it comes with cute pants too, though they are probably not meant for pears....

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    1. Kyle, the skirt is super comfy in knit and very flattering. I made the waistband flat as I used a very stretchy piece of knit. The pants look great too but they are too tight except for winter around here. BTW, I just did my measurements after organizing a rehab circuit for myself at the Y (don't ask, just another horse related injury) and I am a pear accding to some definitions. FYI :-)

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  4. What's on my sewing table...hmmm, cream skinny jeans and a couple of Mississippi Ave dresses/tunics in lawn and voile. I'm ready for summer but surprisingly, the OR weather isn't quite there yet. Rain this week and it has been welcomed of course. Any thing to stave off fire season. How are the Nicks?

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    1. Rain, that is wonderful. Little Nick is doing so well. He lives for his walks and has become a social butterfly with people. Big Nick is the star of the barn for his great attitude and soft eye-he has 2 more weeks of stall rest and then we are back to riding.

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  5. The top and skirt are both pretty. I can't imagine living in the desert. I am so pale and can't stand the heat. Lol. I dread our summer's in the Midwest.

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    1. Oh, I am making some skirts and tops. I am also going to make me some coulottes too.

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    2. Thank you! I thought about coulottes also but I am too "hippy" I think. The heat is intense but humidity is very low, which is a blessing.

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    3. You might get away with voile culottes. I've got a pair I wear on really hot days.

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    4. SarahLiz, really? But you are very slender :-)

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  6. I think that climate is an important (perhaps the most important) component of dressing, and it's rarely discussed. While I enjoy many types of sewing blogs, I tend to identify a bit more with some of the Australian blogs that favor less fitted clothing, and I think (in addition to the fact that I don't look good in the more fitted clothing that lots of bloggers favor) that I also live in a similar climate to the Aussies (I'm in Texas). NYC fashion does not always translate well to hot and dry or hot and humid:)

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    1. Yes, I agree that the body conscious clothing only works in an urban or evening setting...loose is good.

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  7. I rarely wear pants in the summer - skirts work much better for me in the desert heat.

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    1. And "they" say Tucson is cooler than Phoenix .

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  8. I live in the hot and humid Brisbane. I personally love it, but that doesn't mean I don't wear loose comfortable clothing. When I first started reading sewing blogs I couldn't believe how nearly every north American blogger lined their clothing including summer dresses and flowing pants. I couldn't bear another layer of clothing in our heat. I don't know if I've ever lined a dress, but do for coats and jackets - not that I make them very often. I love the graphic of the dessert clothing - very interesting.

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  9. When you live in a desert climate you need long floating cotton or linen layers. Loose, easy to wash and wear. When I lived in Alice Springs, the first thing I did was make two throw on dresses that did not cling to my body. Loose is comfortable, cool and easy to move in - be interesting to see how you redefine your style in this climate.

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    1. One of my favorite garments from the 70s was a Moroccan djellaba. I know I will find time to make one for loungewear.

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  10. I like these looks- I think flowy is wonderful!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback-I am in uncharted territory.

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  11. What a pretty outfit.. Stay cool, and happy sewing.

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  12. Lovely outfits! And I do agree that skirts are so much more comfortable in hot weather - just wish we actually had some hot weather. Come to think of it - skirts are just more comfortable, period. So why do the majority of women not wear them? (at least from what I see around here)

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    1. Irene, I don't know why they are not more common. I even wear them to the barn if I am not going to ride. They are simple to make and you can use imagination in fabric choice. I love them.

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  13. The pieced together top looks great! The flow of it is sure to be comfy in the heat too. I really like the shape of the long ponte maxi skirt. It looks like it will be a great staple having made it in grey.

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  14. I like the butterick skirt styles you've included at the end of your post. It's mid winter here and I think I've made my last coat. So next up will be tops ie shirts so I can think of Spring.

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