The “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” Outfit | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Skirt – 2.5 yards of denim focus fabric (Fabric.com; $7.98 a yard) and 1.5 yards of lining fabric (Amy Butler; $9 a yard); Top – One sheet ($3)
Pattern: Colette Beignet and Burda Slouchy Blouse
Year: c. 2009 (skirt) and c.2010 (top)
Notions: Buttons for skirt (vintage; $3 total for 3 packs) and buttons for top ($1)
Time to complete: Skirt – 8 (4 hour self-inflicted directions issue) and Top – 2 (1 hour stupidity tax)
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? Yes-ish.
Total Cost: $~35 for whole outfit!
Aww high-waisted skirt, why can't I quit you? You're frustrating (look at all those buttons to line up!), you're only kind-of flattering, and every time I thought it was over, you just kept pulling me back in! Just like the heronie, Summer, in my inspirational film 500 Days of Summer, you built me up (buttercup) just to bring me down. You messed me around!
So maybe it wasn't that bad. It's a wonderful pattern by Colette and totally my fault that it took me 8 whole hours to make, but this skirt gave me some issues. First, the metric ton of buttons to line up – I had to keep measuring, remeasuring, sewing on buttons, taking off buttons. The denim just didn't like the line of buttons down the front and refused to lay flat. Perhaps I will need to try again, this time in a lighterweight fabric?
Second, I thought I knew better than the pattern designer (can you see how this will end?) and tried to sew the hem of the focus fabric to the lining. Instant bubble skirt. I ripped it out and remade it the suggested way. Let that be a lesson to any sewing novice, the directions are usually that way for a reason!
When I finally finished it, I was ready to move on to an "easier" pattern: the Slouchy Blouse from Burda Style. Again, I goobered it up and made a one hour shirt in two hours. That's just how I roll people! While the directions of Burda are vague, it was still 100% Sarah that made this a longer process than needed – again thanks to the reading and following of said directions. One big tip about this pattern: it doesn't include seam allowance, so take that into account.
Overall, I like the way this outfit turned out – the comfy shirt started as a sheet and I think I'm going to make another one again soon. The skirt, while cute, isn't the best fit for denim, but I like the way it looks enough to wear it again.
Are you directionally challenged too? Let me know how you overcome this affliction in the comments!
*Hat tip to the lovely and talented Erin, who took all these pictures!