The “Duchess Duet” Outfit(s)
- Fabric: Green, blue, tan, cream poly (shirt) & green linen look (skirt)
- Pattern: Butterick 5528 (shirt) & McCall’s 5523
- Year: 2010 & 2007
- Notions: Shirt: thread (stash); Skirt: thread ($2), zipper ($2)
- Time to complete: Shirt: 1 hour; Skirt: 3-4 hours
- First worn: June 3, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: Shirt: $0; Skirt $4
My plans for this challenge went through so many different iterations (with which I won’t bore you) but I ended up focusing on Kate Middleton’s penchant for pencil skirts.
She usually wears them with a jacket, but it’s been running in the 80s Farenheit here, so I had decided to pair mine with a lighter top. She also is mostly into navy and red, but I’m in a green mood.
Fun thing about the skirt? The back flounce inset.
Fun thing about the shirt? The cowl neck isn’t even attached!
(Actually, this is annoying with polyester because it slips and slipes all over the place.)
Fun thing about the outfit? Its versatility. Easy to dress up or down. I can pair the shirt with jeans or a navy skirt I made last year. The skirt can be the basis of spring, summer, autumn, or even winter outfits because the green isn’t too springy (I found some great holly earrings and matching brooch at a thrift store last week that would go great with this skirt for Christmas). I can belt the shirt (which was my own addition and not called for in the pattern, which had only two pieces!) if I want a waist or leave it free. I can wear it alone or on top of a long sleeved tee for cooler weather.
And then, wouldn’t you know it, I stopped by a garage sale on the way back to the office Thursday and found a short, tailored, military-style jacket that would go nicely with this skirt and make it more “Kate.” Perfect.