Ann Taylor blouse, DIY skirt (tutorial coming soon), J.Crew Factory belt, H&M blazer
A few weeks ago, I saw a swatch of fabric posted by the talented SewPetiteGal, and immediately caught equestrian print fever. A big thank you to my friend Ping (another DIY extraordinaire) who scored the last bits of the material for me at Fabrix for $3 / yard. I haven't made clothes from scratch in years, and wanted to re-learn by starting as simple as possible. I know a proper zipper looks best on a skirt, but you can't beat the ease of an elastic waistband. I've heard from many of you who are interested in trying sewing (or have already started lessons!), and thought this would be a great beginner's project to share.
I'm not entirely pleased with the results or with this outfit, but one of the best things about sewing is that you can tweak everything to your own preferences and learn from mistakes. Self-notes for next time: try a heavier, less wrinkle-prone fabric, blind hem the bottom, and pair full skirts with more fitted tops. And eventually, attempt to learn zipper insertion. I'm already eying fun printed fabrics in more season-appropriate colors for skirt # 2.
Please check back next week for a tutorial on the basic process for this easy skirt, which you can tailor to any length or fullness, and of course use any fabric that you want. And for anyone who tried marking this DIY clutch, I'd absolutely love to see any photos of your creations via Facebook or Twitter!