What’s Black & White & Blooming All Over?


Remember that skirt fabric??

The Facts
Fabric | Printed Stretch Cotton Sateen, two-toned black cotton knit & one of my little daughter’s old shirts was cannibalized for the sleeves. The purse (which was my unposted cheater project for last week’s challenge) is made with a thick 100% cotton Marc Jacobs fabric (which was also used on this failed Beignet and to recover a chair in my apt).
Patterns | BurdaStyle’s Lydia with scoop back mods, my ultimate tee pattern. Simplicity 9823 with a swayback adjustment, the pattern that just keeps giving and giving and giving. The Norma Envelope Clutch from Clevergirl.org, printed at 70%.
Year | All current.
Notions | Thread, a zip and two magnets (cannibalized from an old purse) for the clutch.
Time to complete | Not sure. I made the skirt and shirt during an all night sewing session that included several snack breaks, a Pride & Prejudice viewing and another project.
First worn | While my hubby snapped flicks and to pick up the kiddies from school.
Wear again? | Yes! I love the mixed prints together! If I wore my fro out I would have felt like Solange Knowles’ budget shopping sister ;o)
Total price | I’ll give it a nice round 10 bucks. The skirt fabric was $3.98 a yard, I used less than one. I have a headache so I can’t really bother to hunt around my old emails and my fabric.com account to find the cost of the other fabrics. Because it’s me, you can bet they were cheap.

What's Black & White & Blooming All Over?

This necklace was my grandma’s. I’ve had it a while, but it was broken. Two strands had come loose from one side, so I couldn’t wear it. I finally fixed it last week. I LOVE it!

All but three of these bangles were her’s, too.

What's Black & White & Blooming All Over?

I love the subtle stripe of the main shirt fabric!

It all works well with the clutch, too. I never would have thought that these four different prints could look anything but ridiculous together.

I’m happy to be proven wrong!

Author

Nettie

Wanett Clyde is a wife, mama of four and library school student that manages to cram a lot into her days. She loves books, writing, creating, the color purple, sarcasm, summertime, staying up late, anything British, BROOKLYN(!!!), and her family.

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  1. Of course I remember that fabric!! That print is so memorable AND awesome made up in one of your signature pencil skirts. That length is perfect for your gorgeous brown legs.

    The tee is my favorite. Striped sleeves! A wonderfully playful touch. Love the whole perfectly accessorized outfit, Nettie! Please wear it much.

    • Oooh, almost forgot. What brand/shade of lipstick are you wearing in those photos? It’s stunning! And, the perfect, rich shade of pink I’ve been looking for but didn’t know it!

      I loathe makeup shopping/lip color experimentation because I suck at returning the icky colors to the store. So I’d LOVE to find and adopt your beautiful shade…that is if you don’t mind having an East Coast lip twin. ;-)

  2. I could see Solonge Knowles in this outfit. It looks great.

  3. I love it! Totally jealous you get to have a fro. I may be the only Korean/Mexican in the world who wishes she was born with one!

  4. Such a cute outfit…

  5. the skirt fabric is great. It is bright and beautiful but has a really relaxed feel to it. Cool.

  6. This is such a cool, cool outfit Nettie. I really like it, you have some wicked style.. :)

  7. Fantastic mismatch of patterns and fabric! Who woulda’ thought right? Love your grandma’s necklace. It really ties the colors of the skirt together with the top.

    • Thank you, Barbara!! Finding out that something you never thought would work, could, is one of the best things about the Sew Weekly!

  8. Hi Nettie, you look amazing, love the title of the dress and what a great use of stripes on stripes on stripes!

  9. You look so beautiful! I would never think to put those together. And the necklace really is so perfect!

    • Thank you, Colleen!! I felt really cool wearing this look. I don’t know that my husband agreed, lol. I love this necklace! My grandma is not sure where she got it from. I wish she could remember.

  10. LOVE everything about this, Nettie! I wanted to do stripes on stripes and just couldn’t imagine what it would look like…you did it so well!!!

    • Thanks, Cheryl!! I really wanted to do something with stripes and florals. I had totally forgotten about that black on black knit. I was so happy when I remembered!

  11. Nice! Love the skirt, the tee, and the purse. Great job putting it all together!!

  12. Fabulous as usual Nettie. Love that skirt fabric and it works brilliantly with the stripes.

  13. Adorable! and very chic. Love this combo.

  14. I love the combo of stripes on the top, and it looks awesome with the colorful skirt! Beautiful job!

  15. Casual chic, love it Nettie.

  16. Fantastic outfit Nettie! I can see this being one of those no brainer favorite outfits. Everything is just spot on.

  17. I love how all the elements come together for a cool, coordinated, and easy to wear look. I never thought to use bits of my daughter’s old clothes– good idea. Way to rock the challenge.

    • Thanks, Lee!! I don’t usually hold on to their old clothes, but I love stripes and couldn’t get rid of the top I used for this shirt. I’m still trying to think of something to do with the rest of it, lol.

  18. SOOooooo cute! LOVE your print skirt the most, but the top is pretty awesome as well. What a fabulous mix of prints and textures : )

  19. Love Solange, and you could easily pass for her trendy sister in this combo. The sleeves are just perfect, love the skirt print and shape and vitality. Fab!