Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Floral Bouquet

It all started with a floral knit that I found while taking a turn down the knit aisle at JoAnn Fabrics.  What I was doing there, I will never know.  But this particular print immediately caught my eye.  And it was not made of polyester!! Hooray! 

I was unsure that a rather thin rayon knit would ever come in handy, but it came home with me anyway.  Probably one of the main reasons is that I really love the color turquoise . . . and I find it hard to resist an oversized floral.

A few months later, while looking for a bottom weight fabric for a skirt, I came across what looked like the same print, but this time in the cotton stretch woven textile that I have had quite a bit of luck with in the past.

Aha!  I knew exactly what to do with that knit.  A double layered wrap top was just the ticket, and the cotton/spandex was perfect for a lovely full skirt, making Butterick 6285 the obvious choice.    

This wrap top pattern is wonderful.  I will definitely be making myself another version when the right fabric comes around.  

But for now, I have a lovely new outfit with so many possibilities.  This whole separates business is really beginning to grow on me.  Now I just have to train myself not to avoid solid colored fabrics like the plague and my outfit possibilities will be endless!  

Top & Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 6285
Shoes:  Remix “Baby Doll
Earrings:  Banana Republic
Ring:  Grandfather’s high school class ring


  1. I honestly couldn't tell these were separates until you mentioned it! You've made a beautiful and versatile outfit. I just love the print!

  2. Beautiful! The knit top fit is extremely flattering and the whole combo is stunning. Let's hear it for separates!

  3. What luck finding a woven that matched the knit; beautiful outfit. I agree on separates, more possibilities.

  4. I've noticed some of the same prints in different fabrics at JoAnn, you sure made the most of it! The set looks fantastic!

  5. Gorgeous dress! I think what really makes the statement is your confidence in wearing the dress, shoes, jewelry - all beautiful, but together, very striking! Thanks for sharing.

  6. How do you find such great stuff at Joann's? This is really pretty and the shoes are perfect with it!

    1. I'm Sew Curious but can't seem to find that as a profile.

  7. You could, and did fool me! Are you sure it's not a dress? As always, it's beautiful.

  8. I'm cautiously thrilled with this ensemble, but I gotta admit I worry about the comparable fade potential. JoAnns has broken my heart that way several times. But right now, today, dang girl that's pretty!

  9. Overheard Kvetching

    "It looks like a $300 dollar dress, from one of the those stylish-for-a-price mail order catalogs."

    "Coordinated fabric, from JoAnn's - what's right with that sentence?"

    "The outfit is a unicorn!"

    "She works the knit top, and the skirt, with that coquettish playfulness her followers devour."

    "Meanwhile, we're wise to the ways."

    "And how!"

    "No twirling this time."

    "The last time she twirled is still having residual effects."

    "And she knows it, doesn't she."

    "Mmmm hmmmm. Recall she displayed the scantest of smirks, an image which is emblazoned upon my mind's eye"

    "An eye she's only too quick to poke, time and again."

    "That Laura Mae!"

    "Yes, THAT one."

  10. Lovely, I had no idea they were separates. Love the fit of the wrap top.

  11. Woo you look stunning in this floral outfit,really suits you alot

  12. Ooh, separates that looks like dress! I so adore this look and I think it's such a clever idea, makes such a versatile addition to the wardrobe. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill