Self-Stitched September: Day Three

I’m super pleased with today’s outfit, because I finished something new! I finally put the buttons on my unfinished Beignet skirt. I also wrote up some quick tips on buttons and buttonholes yesterday – click here if you missed it!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Self-Stitched Skirt: Colette Patterns’ Beignet in wool with bemberg lining
  • Blouse: no label, from my sister’s closet
  • Shoes: H&M – aren’t they cute?! Red pumps, yay!


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

A. That I finally finished this skirt! I’ve been wanting to wear it forever but wasn’t too pumped on making 11-12 buttonholes. It’s comfortable, flattering, and works well with blouses. Total success!

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

A. To work, then to a house party afterwards. Because of this skirt, I ended up talking to a couple of girls who wished they wore skirts more, and we started chatting about how to wear skirts in the fall and working them into our wardrobes more often. How fun is that?

Q. Would you make this skirt again?

A. Absolutely! I would make some fitting adjustments for next time, mostly to compensate for my small waist. For this first try, I just overlapped the skirt more at centre front and tied the belt tighter.

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16 Responses to Self-Stitched September: Day Three

  1. Suzie September 6, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    LOVE IT! Aw man I really want to make this skirt now. You really did make a really gorgeous version. And it should be really easy to style with so many things. Love your style, tis right up my street :)

  2. Funnygrrl September 6, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I love this skirt. Great job! Makes me want to sew more wardrobe staples. You’ll be wearing this a lot. And skirts are great year-round. Pair them with fun tights-my fave look.

  3. Greta September 6, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I was so looking forward to your post today. I have to work today, unlike many people in the U.S., and then remembered you were in Canada, and might pop up on my computer as a welcome break. I love the red pumps. You give me courage to try stuff like that, as your look is so natural, fun and free, not stuffy-corporate, or power-bitchy, which is what I associate pumps with. I have announced my intention to my husband and family: to stitch my own wardrobe. (And discovered the monthly swatch mailing, so I can learn my fabric weights and names, as well as hopefully purchase good stuff, even here in Iowa! Everything in my local chain store is polyester!) Thank you, Tasia. You are an inspiration.

  4. indigorchid September 6, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    That skirt really is very flattering! I *love* pencilskirts, especially the skinny highwaisted ones, but I find that it gets a little too “sexy secretary” or fashiony businesswear for my daily life of going to school and sitting in classes. This skirt seems like such a perfect… stepping-stone? Compromise (in the best way possible!)?

    Your pictures are lovely by the way!

  5. quietandsmall September 6, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    oooh it’s lovely!!!

  6. shellie September 6, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    totally sweet! great job!


  7. Jessica September 6, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Lovely – and so cute with the red pumps (I love a pair of red shoes!) I’m glad the buttonholes on your machine are working better… there’s nothing more frustrating that picking out a buttonhole!

  8. Christiana September 6, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Great Job! What a fantasic outfit, you wear it well. The red pumps add a great zing to the outfit and I like the contrasting buttons on the skirt.

    Well Done

  9. The Cupcake Goddess September 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    It’s so darling and I love those red shoes with this ensemble! Beautiful job!

  10. Tilly September 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    So lovely! Beignet is my favourite pattern – it always looks so great.

  11. Renay September 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    oh i love it! Theres some motivation to finish mine! and yes the shoes are too cute :-)

  12. Jodi September 7, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    Your skirt looks so great! Love it!

  13. Jessica September 7, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Gorgeous. Looks lovely on you, what a great basic skirt. I’d borrow it from your wardrobe in a heartbeat if I thought it would fit ;-).

  14. Tasia September 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanks everyone, I so wished I’d finished this skirt sooner! Go figure, the first day I wear it, I find myself at a house party.. so now it’s at the cleaners.
    @Greta: What a wonderful comment, I’m so happy that you’re inspired to take up sewing again! Do it! I’m cheering for you! I hope your husband and family will be equally supportive. If you ever have any questions feel free to give me a shout, any time!
    @indigorchid: That’s the perfect way of describing it, a ‘compromise’ but in the best possible way. Not a pencil skirt but not an extreme A-line too. Super, super comfortable. Definitely recommend this pattern! (And unlike my other favourite skirt patterns, it’s in stock!)

  15. Ali September 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Wow, I love the way your skirt turned out! I’ve been thinking of making this Beignet again — and black wool may be the way to go! (I’m kind of regretting not making the pleated skirt in black, as you did with the Armani fabric). Wonderful seeing your daily outfits!

  16. Clare September 11, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    Yay! glad to see the sewing machine is back from rehab and able to do buttonholes again! Love your version of this skirt – understated but really cute and wearable.