Hot! The ‘Main Squeeze (Box)’ Outfit

The Facts

Fabric: For the Jasmine blouse I used 2 1/2 yards of white silk. $8
The Beignet skirt used about 2 1/2 yards of black and white wool houndstooth. $12 I also used a white lining fabric for the inside. $3
Pattern: Colette Jasmine and Beignet ~$24 as both were purchased on sale
Year: 2011 (I’m not sure when Beignet was released but it’s current so I’ll just lump it with 2011)
Notions: Just the 12 buttons for Beignet $2.50
Time to Complete: 4 hours for Jasmine, 6 hours for Beignet
First worn: January 2012
Wear again: Oh yes!  I love both the blouse and the skirt, especially together! But I know the blouse is going to get a lot of use so I need to get crackin’ on making some more.
Total Price: Jasmine was $20 and Beignet was $29.50

A challenge focusing on buttons? I know just the skirt.  Beignet may seem predictable, but with twelve buttons, I had been putting this pattern off for a long time.  This challenge was just what I needed to make me do it.  But I couldn’t just do a skirt – I decided to do a set of separates.  I want to do more separates in 2012 and this includes basics like a white blouse.  I decided to pair up the Colette Beignet skirt with the Jasmine Blouse.  Two new patterns that I picked up over the holidays.

The Jasmine blouse was straightforward to put together.  It makes the perfect, basic blouse. I know this won’t be the first time I use this pattern. Next time I’ll use some of the slippery fabric cutting tips that are floating around, like Sunni’s from a Fashionable Stitch.  I need to dust off my muslin stash for such occasions (heaven knows I rarely use muslin when I’m sewing anyways – I’m too impatient).  And cutting on the bias meant that I didn’t need any closures – I can just slip it over my head.

The Beignet skirt was also easy, but so time consuming! There were so many pieces as it’s a fully lined skirt, but it’s worthwhile in the end.  I admit that I had to keep rereading the instructions when it came to installing the facing to the lining.  I was stumped! I almost wanted to scrap the lining just so I wouldn’t have to deal with it, but my patience persevered and it was worth it.  The finished look is so neat with all of the finished seams tucked away inside.  And the actual button portion of the skirt?  It turned out to be the fastest part of the whole thing! Using my buttonhole foot, I was able to quickly stitch the 12 buttonholes, and then easily attach the buttons.

I love the houndstooth fabric. It’s a great skirt for my Bay Area winter wardrobe as it’s heavy enough but it’s still fun and pretty sassy.  The blouse is so comfortable and is the perfect separate for my closet.

And what better way to celebrate this completed button challenge, than with my accordion and it’s 120 buttons! One of my personal New Year’s resolutions is to start playing this more regularly. Practice makes perfect!



Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).


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  1. Each piece is lovely and they look great together!

  2. ACCORDION! Love it. The outfit is super fabulous and incredibly flattering. Love it too.

  3. I love the outfit, haven’t tried a Colette pattern yet but I will soon. This challenge helped me to fall in love with buttons shopping all over again. Good luck with the next challenge, really looking forward to seeing all the “Made This Look” outfits. Happy sewing.

    • Thanks Krista! I highly recommend Colette patterns – they seem to be the bulk of what I make as I love the clarity in the instructions and the designs.

    • Thanks Krista! I highly recommend Colette patterns – they seem to be the bulk of what I make as I love the clarity in the instructions and the designs.

    • Thanks Krista! I highly recommend Colette patterns – they seem to be the bulk of what I make as I love the clarity in the instructions and the designs. And it’s good to make a dent in my button collection!

  4. Sorry – my comments got stuck in spam then all came through at once :(

  5. Loving the skirt and blouse together and the accordion buttons!

  6. Oh, separates! They look great together, too. And I love that the accordion colors actually match your outfit–a perfect accessory.

  7. darn! I really want the Jasmine pattern now. Lovely look and the best of all possible accessories – the accordion

    • I totally took my time before picking up the Jasmine pattern… something about blouses intimidated me. Maybe I didn’t want to spend all that time sewing a top? Anyways, it was worth it and I can’t wait to make more. Though the front ties kept getting stuck in the bellows. lol Maybe I need to wear a different blouse with my accordion.

  8. Super awesome work Christine on both garments. Clever lady.

  9. Fabulous!! I love it all AND that fabulous accordion accessory you are sporting! It’s a fantastic ensemble and completely classic :)