Hey gals, this is Li!
Today I want to present to you this off-shoulder shirt with straps, and a flared skirt with a waist belt, both created by me. I never thought they would go together, until the night before we had to put an outfit together to match up with El’s blue box pleated skirt, which I also made using the same fabric, which I talk about that pleated skirt pleated skirt here.
Below, is a picture of the two of us together.
First, let’s talk about the off-the-shoulder blue top with straps that I made using McCall’s M7543 view (A). This pattern fits everyone with its wide range of sizing. This top may look better without the straps, but I was afraid that the top may slip. For that reason alone, I chose straps. If you guys do not have that fear, feel free to go strapless.
A change I would like to make is the sleeves. I would slash and spread the sleeves and make it more like a bell-sleeve. I love the dramatic bell-sleeves.
I used a blue tablecloth that El purchased from Goodwill for this pattern. At first, I was doubtful of her choice of fabric, but I was actually really satisfied with the result. One of the mishaps of making this shirt was installing the elastic band. It would not be a problem for all of you skilled sewers, but for a rookie like me, everything is a challenge, including installing elastic bands.
El suggested that it would be easier to install the elastic band by serging it onto the fabric first, which is a different method than the pattern suggested. However, I found it more difficult to serge since the elastic band needed to be pulled and stretched while serging. This skill requires s, no, a lot of practice. At least for me, I ended up with an uneven elastic band. I was really frustrated with it, and secretly annoyed at her that I didn’t talk to her for an afternoon. Poor El, she had to finish the elastic band casing for me. Lesson learned, next time, I will practice unlearned skills on scraps before I touch my fabric.
For the flared skirt, I used the pattern from Vogue, VP938. I made size 14, and the skirt falls slightly below my knees, and I am 5’ 3.5” (yes, half inch matters to me).
I love this pattern! It was really easy and simple to follow. The only difficulty I experienced was installing the invisible zipper. Instead of following the instruction, I watched some YouTube tutorials, and they were really helpful for me since I’m more of a visual person.
After making the skirt, I realized the belt was WAY TOO LONG. Since my fabric is a heavier material, it made my regular bow knot looked super bulky. The belt would not rest right at my waist, instead, it was pulling downward. It was not pleasant at all. I ended up removing about ⅓ of the belt length.
I wish I can tell you the name of the fabric since it’s so pretty, but I have no clue and I don’t want to just make up a name. I would look like a fool. LOL. This fabric feels expensive, and the flower pattern looks amazing. I know this skirt has more of a spring feel to it, but adding this vest makes it more fitting for the cooler seasons.
If I were ever to revisit this pattern, I would probably use a different fabric and add a pair of pockets onto the skirt. I would also make it into a cascading high low skirt. I can’t wait!!!
I surprised myself at how professional this outfit looks. To sum it up in three words: I LOVE IT!!!!
P.S. - you are loved!