Monday, February 17, 2014

DKNY Inspired Plaid Wrap Skirt


I was gifted this fabric more than a year ago. I was attending a local sewing group gathering and we were swapping fabrics - a very boisterous activity. I was hanging back (I have so much fabric already!) when Georgene very sweetly tossed a piece of fabric my way.

It was a piece of red plaid and I loved it. I'm not sure what the fiber is, and I haven't burned it, but it feels like part rayon, part poly, and maybe some lightweight wool. It washes beautifully and has a lovely drape.

I saw it as a skirt, but I wanted to find just the right pattern. I spent a lot of time looking at patterns, current and out of print, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I wanted a narrow, short skirt with a front drape. There are many patterns like this, especially from the 80s but, in the end, I did my own thing.

This skirt is very simple, which is why I have a post so quickly after my last post. :)

It is basically a rectangle, fringed on two ends, with a partially elasticized waist - I used 1-1/2" wide elastic, and it closes with a hook and eye.

Very simple.

I'll be wearing this over tights and leggings, so I'm not concerned about "over exposure", and I don't think that is likely to be a problem anyway, as the overlap of the wrap is quite generous.

I love wearing short skirts to work, so I will be whipping up a few more of them, in solids and prints, and in a variety of styles.

I am wearing this with a jacket, McCalls 6294, that I made a couple years ago and a hand dyed silk scarf that was my only purchase last August at the ACC Craft Fair.

Have a great week!

29 comments:

  1. Fun combo of textures and prints.

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  2. Love this skirt. Asymmetric skirts are really in this season. One of my fave makes and it looks great with the boots and tights.

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  3. Love this skirt! Your execution really shows off the beauty of the fabric and it looks great on you.

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  4. Really cute! I love your whole outfit!

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  5. Love the outfit. You look good in the shorter skirt.

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  6. Love the skirt, and also love how you've combined it with the jacket and fun scarf

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  7. I really love seeing your new "work clothes". In some ways they seem more creative than ever!

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  8. You look good in red, Shams! Love the whole look!

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  9. Love the scarf circles with the plaid--the whole look is great on you!

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  10. Red is your color! What a cute outfit. And you'll look simply dashing as you cycle all over the place and slide down that slide at work!

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  11. What a smashing skirt! You are definitely becoming the Short Skirt Queen!

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  12. Beautiful skirt! Love the outfit!

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  13. Very cute! Looks like a scarf that became a skirt. The jacket works well with the outfit too. So glad you can still wear some of your older clothes on your "new" body, Shams!

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  14. It's a great look. Your shape is well served by by a short, bright bottom. There are advantages to being tiny on the bottom!

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  15. Hey- Shams, that was my fabric from the Fabric Outlet in the Mission. It sat around in my stash too long. So thrilled you did more than right by it. You look great!

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    1. Ahh, thanks SO much, Wendy! I'm so glad to know the origin of this fabric. I am wearing the skirt today and I love it. :D

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  17. I love the quality dressmaking fabric you used for it, it is so beautiful and I love your overall outfit.

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  18. Don't you look cute! I remember those little fringed DKNY wrap skits so well. I think I had at least 2 in my closet. Great way to use a plaid.

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  19. What a lovely fabric. This is a great skirt. And don't you have super pins?! You're right to show them off.

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  20. What a lovely fabric. This is a great skirt. And don't you have super pins?! You're right to show them off.

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