The “Wardrobe Building” Skirt & Top
Fabric: 3½ yards polyester
Patterns: Simplicity 7086 (top) & Simplicity 4951 (skirt)
Year: 2002 & 2004 (respectively)
Notions: four 5/8” buttons (stash) & a 7” invisible zipper ($2)
Time to complete: top – 4 hours; skirt – 2 hours
First worn: January 27 for photos
Wear again?: Yes
Total price: $7 (for fabric and invisible zipper; the patterns I’ve had for years)
I was going to skip this challenge because I prefer to make something I will be able to use right away during winter. But then I thought of a poor cream skirt and mulberry top that I made last year but were still waiting for a final piece (a coat that needs a lot of pattern alterations) before I would wear them. They needed some friends while they waited for May. Plus, like many of you, I suspect, I need more separates that I can wear at the office.
I had gotten this pink, cream, and taupe polyester fabric on the cheap ($5) from an old lady neighbor of my mother and realized it would coordinate with both of the pieces I had already made. So I decided I may as well make them up now as a skirt would take no time at all and a simple top would be fairly quick as well.
What would take so long, I knew, would be getting photographs of all four coordinating pieces in all four combinations. And who wants to wear summery things outside in Michigan in January for any photo session, let alone a long one that involves multiple costume changes? You have to have a spot where you can go in and change (and warm up a bit).
So we drove a couple miles from our house to the State Capitol Building where a dear friend happens to work and she generously allowed me to pose for photos in some lovely parts of the building she is obsessed with and change clothes in her office. Seriously, folks, she gets to look at this dome every day she goes to work:
What I like about these pieces is that they can be worn many the ways shown below (plus another skirt I made last year but totally forgot to bring to the photo shoot) and I can pair the tops with slacks or even jeans. I also like that nothing in this ensemble is blue. I have a serious problem branching out from blues and greens, and I’m hoping to diversify my wardrobe this year. I also really need more shirts in my life, so this helps fill that need as well.