Ever felt like you want an outfit in every colour? Yeah, me too! That’s what inspired this little collection of beauties. I am loving the crop top/high waisted look at the moment, so I decided to make a few to mix and match: multiple outfit combinations!
Separates were everywhere this summer, crop tops and high waisted skirts/trousers, you name it. So many bloggers have made really lovely versions, Salieoh, Tasia, Katy and Laney, and many more. I really loved this look and have been meaning to make my own version all summer. Thing is though I wanted options. The love the matching separates look, but plains are so much more versatile. You can’t tell easily in these photos but the colours are white, navy blue and black. I have to admit, I’m unlikely to wear the black and navy blue outfit often, but I love the blue/ white and black/white combo’s. In fact I have worn variations of these outfits practically everytime I’ve gone out recently! I was planning to make another patterned version (with some african wax print, love!), but didn’t get round to it! Oh well, hopefully this trend will still be here next year.
But seeing as these are in plain colours these outfits don’t just go together, they also go so well with so many of my other separates – RTW and homemade. I think these items may just be the most versatile I’ve ever sewn! Separates Rule!
So what are these little beauties? Well the skirts are simple enough, they are just half circle skirts based on my waist measurement. I think this is just about the most important skirt for a sewist to have in her wardrobe. Not only does it take absolutely no time to make one (ignoring hanging time) but the shape is amazing. I decided after making my full circle skirt that while the shape is nice, there is just way too much fabric for me! I felt swamped by it, and I am far too comedy clumsy enough to pull of the lady-like look. A half circle skirt by comparison has the perfect amount of fullness – not too much, not too little – I’m coming over all goldilocks . The fabric you choose also makes such a difference. I used a stretch cotton twill from here. It’s really soft while having a great amount of body, meaning that the skirts really hold their shape. I love how much they ‘stick out’. The stretch also means I can eat without feeling too constricted, something I have used to great effect recently, oops!
The tops are made from the bodice of the Salme Sonja dress pattern. I really love the shape of this pattern as it is slightly racer shaped at the front and back, which I think is a really modern look. I’ve made the full dress of this pattern a couple of times (here and here) and absolutely love it! I can’t recommend it enough, and remember – it’s free! Get it here. Seeing as these tops were meant to be part of a dress I had to work out exactly how to add a zip and still be able to get the top on. In the end I decided to sew in open end zips, meaning that putting on the tops is kind of like putting a jacket on back to front, does that make sense? This way they are super easy to put on!
I also lined the tops in the same fabric. I could have just used bias binding, or a facing… But I hate facings and I love how neat a lining is. Using the same fabric means that the tops still stretch if needed, and I really like how strong and sturdy the tops feel. They aren’t going to fall apart at all!
So, basically, even though summer is over and these outfits aren’t particularly weather appropriate any more I love ‘em! Separates are the way forward people. Have you made any?