Hot! The “Love Me Tender” Outfit

This is such a great color isn’t it? I am not a huge fan of red. I don’t know why. Everyone says it looks great on me. After I had my first child my mother-in-law bought me a red terrycloth robe. My husband picked the color-he knows better now. I pictured the skirt with a bright blue top so I decided to go all the way and make a top too. OK-here are the facts:

Patterns: Simplicity 2927-sleeveless tunic and McCall’s M6439 view D

Fabric: top-1 1/2 yds African print in aqua $7,  skirt 1 1/2 yds pique in bright red $7, 2 zippers at about $5, and thread  $5

Total Price: $24

Time to Complete: I’m pretty lousy at this part so let’s aim high and say 7hrs?

First Worn: Girls Spa Night at 065 Salon benefiting the American Heart Association

Wear Again?: I’ve worn it 3 times so far!

I chose the pique for this skirt because I like volume. It’s something I have never outgrown. When I was a kid all the girls were dressing like Madonna with lace fingerless gloves and headbands. I was still wearing those dresses with the full skirts and puffy sleeves. My favorite outfit was a dress that was pink on top and green plaid on the bottom. I wore it with my maroon velvet blazer, white knee high socks, and my strappy, patent leather sandals with a kitten heel. Needless to say I was made fun of a lot!

The pattern for the front of the skirt looks complicated because there are several rows of pleats along the top on both sides and 3 pleats going up the sides but it’s pretty easy as long as you take the time to transfer all your marks. The back is pretty simple-just 2 darts and a zipper which I guess is best since most girls don’t want a lot of volume around the bum area. Pique has a stretch and tends to wear with to much fussing so I had to be careful when fitting the waistband, When I first sewed the waistband on I noticed some small gathers in the pocket area. I had to work at it a couple of times to smooth it out. I originally cut the pattern to fit my exact measurements on my waist but it ended up hitting me just above my hips. I ended up having to remove the zipper and take it in another 3 inches. The only problem with the skirt- if you want to call it that- is that it opens in the front. The right panel is placed over the left so when you sit you have to watch it. It’s not too bad. You should also be careful on windy days. I took the time to overlock my edges which was a complete waste of time because they are all sewn neatly into the lining.

The top is a bonus. I wanted to try working with African prints after I saw Gwen Stefani’s Spring 2011 line for L.A.M.B. KazztheSpazz’s blazer for the “Down Under” challenge gave me the final push I needed. If I ever have the time I’ll add the pockets since life is so much better with pockets. I would also like to make the dress with sleeves using similar fabric.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!! Send any unwanted chocolates my way! Oh yeah-I want to thank the kind people at Saville Flowers in Evanston for letting me take these pictures inside their store!



Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.


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  1. I love the shape of your skirt and the print of the top, I wouldn’t have put them together but they look so great! I will have to be more adventurous!

  2. wonderful colour blocking – the blue is a real treat, but I like that you have already worn the skirt three times.

  3. Love the combo and the colors look great on.

  4. Adorable! I love this shade of blue with red. I too made the tunic (it was my UFO) and kinda love it.

  5. So cute, I have to buy the skirt pattern. Good Idea to use pique, I love that fabric!

  6. I love the fabric and color choices as well as the cute style of both the top and skirt. You look adorable in the flower shop.

  7. What a great drape on that skirt! Love it!

  8. Your skirt looks hot! And on a side note… OMG YOUR SHOES!!!! Love! :)

  9. I have that same African print in my stash! But have been gunshy about using it. Pairing it with an unexpected color is a perfect way to showcase it. Love your fearless, eclectic fashion sense. Wonderful work!

  10. So cute – such a lovely outfit together, clever you

  11. Fabulous ensemble! I love the skirt, and the top is pretty fantastic as well!

  12. Fantastic job on both the skirt and top Gina. You know I love that african print it’s divine. What a fantastic combo. I’m off to drool over those green L.A.M.B pants YUMBO!

  13. Wow, I just love this outfit! The puffy skirt is perfect on your slender figure, and the African print top just pops! I’ve been swooning over some at my local indie fabric store, but haven’t given in to it yet.