The “Topped with a Hat” Skirt

The Facts

Fabric: Chiffon $9.96 for 2 yards, Lining $5.96 for 2 yards, Velvet – gifted
Pattern: New Look 6872, I lengthened the skirt and made the waistband wider. ($1.50)
Year: 2009
Notions: invisible zipper $2.39
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: Jan. 8, 2012
Wear again? Of course!

Total price: $19.81 plus tax

Accessory: Burgundy Hat inherited from Grandma Mary Elizabeth

I inherited a lot of hats from my Grandmother, when she passed. She had impeccable style. I love her hats and I always want an excuse to wear them, but I don’t have a lot of clothing that matches them. This challenge gave me a reason to do that, especially since one of my resolutions this year is to accessorize more. This challenge called my name.

I chose this flowy skirt to copy from a skirt I saw at Anthropologie I wanted, but didn’t want the particular color it came in. I figured I could make my own and I can make it any color I wanted. A dear friend gave me this burgundy velvet a few months back, which I used for the waistband. The brown chiffon and lining I purchased from fabric.com. I thought burgundy and brown would go very well together, plus I have two fabulous hats from my Grandma, one happens to be brown and the other burgundy. I have choices!!!

To be honest, I hate sewing with chiffon, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do to get the look she wants. I mustered through it. Lining isn’t so easy either. I don’t line a lot of my creations simply because that’s just more hems to sew. Now velvet, I have never sewn with velvet. This was interesting. It wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy. It moves a lot and it’s thick. I would do it again if the occasion calls for it.

I wore my skirt and hat to church on Sunday. I received many compliments, but I truly owe them all to my Grandmother. All in all, I am glad I made this skirt and challenged myself to work with unfamiliar fabrics. I’m glad I thought outside of the box. Grandma would be proud of me.

We took the pictures at our Santa Susana Railroad Museum in Simi Valley, CA USA.

Author

Bethany

Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.

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  1. Love the velvet bow on your skirt, it sets off the hat brilliantly.

  2. Great job sewing with such difficult fabrics! Love the styling of your photos

  3. I love that you’ve got such a fabulous array of hats from your grandmother – it’s wonderful to have things that are so full of memories. Bravo on working with chiffon! It looks great paired with that fantastic velvet. A great piece for your wardrobe – well done!

  4. The big purple velvet bow is lovely and the skirt suits the hat so well.

  5. What a darling outfit. The skirt, especially the length, really suits the hat.

    • Thank you. The original inspiration of the skirt was a mid calf length, but I thought a maxi length would be more suitable. More elegant.

  6. I’m not normally a fan of maxi skirts but this is just wonderful!
    Such a great match to your hat :D