This outfit is named after my dear sewing student, Rachel. You know how teachers are always saying that their students inspire them? It's so true!
The skirt is a pattern she and I developed together.
Rachel couldn't find a pencil skirt pattern that fit her the way she liked, so I draped one right on her body. From there, we've been exploring patternmaking for lots of different skirt styles, and we've recently been on a pleat mission. Rachel brought in this picture of Katie Holmes in a Caroline Herrara skirt, and wanted to copy it (jewels and all).
I made the skirt up in a thick stretch sateen in a pretty sapphire color. The whole thing is lined in mint Bemberg lining, with a little lace for effect.
I finished the waist with polka dot petersham ribbon (I have a video class on this technique if you're interested).
Readers, I'm curious how you would have sewn this lining. I used the same pattern as for the skirt, but just folded the pleats at the top rather than stitching them, to give wearing ease in the lining.
The shirt is also Rachel-inspired. She noted one day how she rarely sees me in separates, just dresses. My problem with separates, readers, is that's at least twice the outfit to decide on! And I'm not a morning person. Rachel's advice was this: figure out a "uniform" for yourself, and then just grab one of each uniform piece in the morning. She favors tailored button-down blouses, so I thought I would make one to match my skirt, in her honor.
Burda 2561, and I'm mostly happy with it. It has a nice easy fit that can be tucked in with a skirt or tied sassily in front with jeans. The armhole is pretty low, however, so I plan to remedy that when I make it again. The fabric is a lightweight cotton/silk blend from TrueMart Fabrics near FIT.
And here's the woman herself, trying on a jacket we were working on together earlier this year! Isn't she fabulous?