Hot! The “Blue Bonnie” Skirt

The Facts:

Fabric: plaid cotton poly blend $4

Pattern: Self Drafted

Year: modern

Notions: zipper, $1.49

Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: February, 2012

Wear again? Yes.

Total price: $5.49

I was super excited for this challenge. I chose Bonnie and Clyde. The movie was nominated for several Oscar’s in 1968. This is a movie I watched every time it was on TCM or AMC. I was in love with the romantic side of the film. The beauty of Faye Dunaway, her chemistry with Warren Beatty. And my goodness, the costuming! I can’t watch Bonnie and Clyde enough.What an infamous true event to base a film after. If it weren’t for Bonnie, Clyde would really just be another pathetic bank robber. But Bonnie brought some sex appeal and scandal to the headlines. People were enamored over their love affair and ego-centric dangerous lifestyle.

I tried to pose similar to what Faye Dunaway did for the film. We didn’t have an old Model T but we did find this gem of a coffee shop. They serve the best breakfast and have the best prices! Jerry’s Coffee Shop, Simi Valley, CA. Stop by if you are in town. The owner told us to take as many photos as we wanted. He was great, awesome service. Awesome building! I think we will be going to Jerry’s more often, and not just for photos.

I know pencil skirts weren’t developed in the 1930’s, but I wanted to make a skirt that I could wear to work, interviews, and church. Something a little more modern. I chose an easy care cotton ploy blend with little stretch. I loved the tiny plaid print, and the hidden colors among the blues and grays. I could really wear this skirt with any color of top. Which made my day, knowing I could pair it easily for an outfit.



I made this skirt in a day. It’s nice to have something accomplished so quickly and not think about it every night before bed. That was a first for me. This skirt was really easy to make as well. When you are wanting to make a simple pencil skirt, you don’t need a pattern. My skirt is only 3 pieces, sewn at the side seems and the center back. I’ll be posting a tutorial on my blog soon.

I hope you all enjoy the Academy Awards. I honestly don’t know what’s been nominated. And I wont be watching it on my television, since we don’t have dish/cable. I suppose I could stream it on my laptop. We will see how tired I am that evening. P.S. I want to thank those of you who asked if i was feeling better. I am much better. I love being part of a community full of women that can encourage and appreciate one another. Thank you for all the wonderful support. All of you are so beautiful and talented.

Speaking of talent. I want to thank my amazing husband for his creative photography and putting up with my demands and teaching me how to mess with my pictures.




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. Great photography, Bethany! You’re styling is classy, too. I think that skirt is a great wardrobe basic…it’s quite flattering on you.

  2. Beautifully styled Bethany, lovely fabric choice. Good luck with the interviews!

  3. This is the perfect pencil skirt. Neat and tidy, yet attractive and it looks comfortable. And versatile!

  4. Great photos, I love your rendition of the look and the palette of colors look very flattering. Then again, you look great in a lot of different colors. Happy sewing and glad to hear your feeling better.

  5. Bethany you look just like Bonnie, great job on the skirt. Fab photos too.

  6. Wow you totally look like Bonnie! I am loving the skirt and top combo.

  7. You have nailed your doppelgänger, holy moly!! And the skirt is just darling!

  8. cute! i love bonnie and clyde, too and you are definitely doing bonnie justice!

  9. So lovely, and the photos are gorgeous. Look at that attitude!