Today I have the first piece in my fall module to show you, the Brumby skirt!
I love skirts in general but I especially love skirts layered with sweaters and boots and when I was organizing my closet, I realized I actually didn’t own that many skirts!
I chose to make the Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen because it was one of the first patterns I ever sewed and I wanted to make it again with a bit more experience. I knew my fit and finishes would be much better than my first try at it.
This pattern is pretty basic but has some nice details that I think elevate it a bit. I love the wide waist band and that it has a facing with a clean finish on the inside. There’s an invisible zipper in the back and these big pockets are great and roomy but don’t flap open. There is also a bit of topstitching which I debated doing in a contrast color, the detail would be lovely!, but I kept it the same just to make this skirt even more versatile.
I made the size small and it fits pretty perfectly. Looking at the website, this pattern has been updated and now has numerical sizing and a much more expansive range- which is fantastic!
This is a simple sew and Megan Nielsen patterns always have great instructions and construction methods. If you are new to sewing or want an easier make to add to your queue, this simple pattern is a great one.
I plan on wearing this skirt like you see it here, with big sweaters, with t-shirts, and layered up with cardigans. I’m looking at the olive green as more of a neutral and it will be fun to play with the colors I pair it with.
Really happy with how this one turned out! Maybe not the most exciting make, but one that will get worn nonstop this fall.
Ok, I know my last post was all about embracing imperfections, but sometimes you learn and grow and want to fix mistakes, and that’s what this post is about! Back in May when I was cleaning out my closet while reading The Conscious Closet I came across a few things that I didn’t like or wear as they were, but knew that I could tweak them and make them into something I loved. The most sustainable option is to use what you already have so I thought making the time to rework a couple of pieces would be well worth my effort.
First up is this Inari Tee. I sewed this up about four years ago (look at baby Charlie!) in an athletic type fabric. I loved how cool it was to wear but as the years went on I found it a bit too short and a little too tight around the hips. I intended it to be an everyday type dress (I loved wearing it with sneakers) but it didn’t work for getting on the floor with kids. So I decided to just chop it off and turn it into a t-shirt. This pattern can be a shirt or a dress, so this didn’t take much thought. I did keep the split hem detail and made sure it hit right at my natural waist. Now this is a well made, functional t-shirt that I know I will get a lot of wear out of!
My other redo is this skirt. I originally hacked a Jessica Dressthinking I could wear it when I was pregnant, but it ended up not fitting. I did wear it some last summer (Look at baby Sam!) but I didn’t like how the shirring I added flattened my already small chest. I love this fabric so much (it was from IndieSew back when they were in business) and wanted to keep wearing it. So I chopped off the bodice and added an elastic waist band. Now it’s an easy, breezy summer skirt and I’ve already worn it a lot.
Sometimes thinking about working on these types of projects isn’t very exciting and it can be hard for me to find motivation, but I always love how they turn out. A reminder that taking the time to figure out what you wear and why is always worth it in the long run!