Self Stitched September: Day One!

Here we go – presenting my first Self-Stitched outfit for September’s challenge! (Can you believe I’m wearing tights already?)

What I’m Wearing:

  • Self-Stitched Skirt, McCalls 5803 (now out of print)
  • Blouse: H&M, from my sister’s closet
  • Tights: Gap (I think!), bought last fall.
  • Shoes: Ellen Tracy, bought at Winners last fall

Click to read more about this skirt or see it in more outfits!


Q. Why the questions?

A. I wanted to make these posts more fun by answering questions I imagine you having about today’s outfit. If you have an idea for a question, let me know!

Q. What’s the best part of today’s outfit?

A. The pockets in the skirt! It’s great knowing you can stash something quickly – money, lipstick, car key – and know it won’t get lost in your purse. Also, I’m glad I dressed in layers. When I woke up this morning it was cold and cloudy, but by the time lunch rolled around it was sunny and mild! You never know what the day will bring, Vancouver weather is quite unpredictable.

Q. Where did you go today in your Self-Stitched outfit?

A. First to City Hall, then to work. The comments I got from coworkers were ‘Wow, you look like Fall!’ and ‘Cute shoes!’

Q. Why are you showing us a skirt pattern that’s out of print? Isn’t that a bit mean?

A. I’m sorry! It is a bit cruel, but I like this skirt as it’s one of my few wardrobe basics I made. You may see it a few more times this month! So many of my handmade items are loud prints and bright colours, this piece is much easier to coordinate. I am planning to make a similar skirt for my pattern line, considering it’s become such a staple for me!

Q. Speaking of the pattern line, any updates on Sewaholic Patterns? What part are you working on now?

A. I’m working on a ruffled option for the Pendrell blouse, so far it’s looking really cute. I hope to have something to show you next week! Also, several of you asked to see the back view of the first one, so I’ll get some shots ready to share as well!

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20 Responses to Self Stitched September: Day One!

  1. Suzie September 2, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    Love it! I know you didn’t make it, but the top is lovely – it goes perfectly with your black skirt. And it’s not mean at all that the pattern is out of print! But if you DID make a pattern like it for your line I would be first to buy it! I’m pear-shaped too and know that style would really suit me too. Oh, and I really love how you did your hair too! :)

    P.S. So glad the patterns arrived safely – I’m always so nervous posting stuff incase it gets lost en-route!

  2. The Cupcake Goddess September 2, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Oh I love this outfit Tasia! It’s GORGEOUS! It is so much like Fall, in a very “breath of fresh air” sort of way. The skirt looks so easy to coordinate with. Beautiful Day 1!

  3. Lisette September 2, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    I am so jealous! The hurricanes have sent us a heat wave combined with a week of what was already Indian Summer and so I can’t wear anything I want to for SSS. I’m doing it again in October, I think, so that I can wear things I actually like (Fall is my favorite season, for the clothes alone).

  4. Jaime September 2, 2010 at 6:52 am #


  5. Stephanie September 2, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    I love this outfit…you look gorgeous! <3

  6. B @ Sweet Limes September 2, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    You look totally gorgeous in this outfit Tasia! That’s one thing I love about you showing us your outfits through the month. I was thinking of doing SSS myself, but it was just going to be too much with everything else going on in September.

    That top looks great on you, and I’m sure you could come up with a similar pattern for your line that would gals would totally jump on.

  7. CGCouture September 2, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Darnit! I really liked the shirt and had hopes you would reveal the pattern you used for it. :-( Cute outfit though, I love that the skirt has pockets! I love pockets!

  8. quietandsmalladventures September 2, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    LOVE THIS!!! and i have a ton of grey plaid shantung-ish fabric that is now earmarked as a top instead of a shirtdress :)

  9. Kristie September 2, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Please, please, PLEASE make a pattern for a similar skirt. I tried another pattern that looked similar but I wasn’t very happy with how it turned out, but that may be due to my tries at altering the waist.
    It’s fun to see how you wear tights. I’m thinking about wearing them too this fall, something I’ve never done. You have to have the right shoes so it was fun to see what shoes you chose. Cute outfit!

  10. Samina September 2, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    That’s a cute outfit & you look cute in it, but I had to laugh at your “fall” comment, considering that it’s 95F here in Florida right now. I’m glad someone’s having some cooler, pleasant weather in this hemisphere!

  11. amber September 2, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Man! This cozy fall look is not helping my wishful thinking that cooler temps will be here soon! ;) Love this outfit on you! Keep ’em comin.

  12. Sarah September 2, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Love it! So very chic. :)

  13. shellie September 2, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    L-O-V-E the skirt! love pockets – perfect!


  14. Dei September 2, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Very nice ensemble.

  15. Angela September 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Lovely outfit! Already with tights! Hehe.. it’s still like 98 degrees farenheit here! :)

  16. Renay September 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Cute, Love the grey tights! Can’t wait to see the ruffles :-)

  17. Tanit-Isis September 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Looks adorable! Can I hate on the southerners (and easterners) who are still having nice weather? Just for a moment? It was ok this afternoon, but only five degrees above freezing this morning, and it’s been cold and rainy almost all week! I might be more welcoming of the fall weather if I had cute fuzzy tights like that, though.

  18. Tasia September 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I know – you lucky southerners and easterners! Although, after being in DC and Boston in 35-45 degree heat, I’m actually kind of pumped about wearing tights and feeling the cool breeze in the mornings and evenings.
    Today was much better though, bare legs again! Though it might be time for the open toed shoes to get packed up.. This is so very cool, seeing how different September weather is all around the world. Am I lame for being interested in the weather?
    I’m happy to hear you all like pockets in your skirt. I figure, better to have them there (in a pattern), if you really want to eliminate them when sewing you can!

  19. Fourth Daughter September 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Cute indeed! I’m feeling the pressure of SSS already as it was fashion week here too… VERY long posts from me at this week!!

  20. sisters4saymoreismore September 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    totally mean! j/k seriously love it… i’m sure there’s got to be a pattern that is close… pattern or no pattern i WILL figure out how to make this for me… the volume is perfection!