Hello my dears! I am astonished at how long I have been away from the blog. I had fully intended to finish up the Casey Skirt Sew-along two weeks ago by sharing this post then, but life got in the way with some major upheavals. But, now that things have calmed down a touch, I am here now, finally sharing my finished Casey Skirt and Brooks Blouse.
Over a month ago, Gabe and I got to go visit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a wonderful Family Reunion trip. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity and location to take some pictures of my finished skirt. I will confess, I am not 100% pleased with these photos. From dealing with harsh lighting (despite it being golden hour) to my skirt being wrinkly, and my hair being a bit… well… not ideal; it certainly makes for an accurate photoshoot of how I look day to day, just not how I generally like to present myself here. All that aside, let me share my outfit with you.
I made up View 2 of the Casey Skirt in an Army Green Twill from Mood Fabrics (which is unfortunately no longer available. My blouse is View 1 of the Brooks Blouse, using the knit modification instructions to suit the pattern to this gorgeous Cloud 9 Organics knit. I chose to make my skirt a little longer than the pattern originally calls for, as I am preferring my skirts longer these days.
I am really happy with how my skirt turned out. It has been on constant rotation in my wardrobe since the day it was finished. It is rather amusing though, how often I forget I have those delightful giant pockets, when I am struggling to carry an armload of items from one place to another. I LOVE my pockets. I just don’t know why I don’t put them on more skirts.
Just the details if you please:
What: A Knit Brooks Blouse & A Twill Casey Skirt
Notions: Blouse: Gutermann Thread | Skirt: Gutermann Thread & Top-stitching thread; Two metal buttons from Gabe’s stash; 9″ Army Green Zipper, once again from Mood.
Design Changes: Blouse: I used the in-pattern instructions for modifying View 1 of the Blouse to be suitable for knit fabrics | Skirt: I cut the skirt according to the original length included in the pattern, but only hemmed it up 1-1/4″, rather than the original 3″.
Would you use the patterns again? Umm… Duh! Yes! 😉
I handworked the buttonholes and top-stitched almost everything on this skirt. Now that I’ve mastered top-stitching, I love using it where applicable. It makes for such a nice, professional finish.
You can see what I mean about my skirt being wrinkly. And you can also tell by the drag lines that I have been putting my hands in my pockets an awful lot. *rolls eyes* But hey! That’s what they were designed for! (I just need to remember to shift my skirt every so often. 😉 )
Pockets! Glorious Pockets!
I am not fully satisfied with my Brooks Blouse. I love how comfortable it is, I really do! And I think it is a great look… just not on me. I don’t know. Maybe I will change my mind if I made up a woven version for myself. I mean, my sisters’ blouses are ADORABLE, and I love how the Brooks Blouse looks on them… Maybe it’s just my style ideals changing. We will see.
Well, that is all for today! I will talk to you all again soon (hopefully much sooner than the three weeks that it took last time).
Which is your favorite piece: my Brooks Blouse, or my Casey Skirt?
Would you rather work with knits or wovens?
As far as what I post next, do you want to see a history post, or a style icons post?