Summer Skirt in a Fall Outfit: Day Nine

I’m testing the theory that summer skirts and dresses become fall-ready with tights and boots. What do you think – can you tell this skirt is supposed to be for summer? Do I look seasonally appropriate?

What I’m Wearing:

  • Self-Stitched Skirt: McCalls 5803, finished back in March 2009
  • Denim jacket: Old Navy. It started as a Christmas gift of a holiday-printed graphic tee shirt, which I exchanged for this much less festive but more wearable denim jacket, Christmas 2006 or earlier.
  • Sweater: Merino wool, Gap, purchased last fall.
  • Shoes: Ellen Tracy, bought at Winners last fall

Read more about the skirt here, or here, or see it in more outfits!


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

A. That I feel warm yet pretty, cute yet comfortable. Casual yet still pulled together. I’m feeling right in the middle today and that’s just fine with me.

Also, this is a super easy piece to make and work into your wardrobe! Full skirts, or A-line skirts are an awesome beginner project. Fitting a skirt is fairly easy, and the hardest part is putting in the zipper. If you find a pattern you like, it’s quick to pump out a few versions of the same style and quickly build up your wardrobe. I could dress it up with a cream silk blouse, or wear it with denim like below. Easy, and comfortable! Bonus if it has pockets, too.

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

A. Work, dinner, and home. (Makes me sound dull, time to stop answering this question!)

Q. Any exciting plans for the weekend?

A. Actually, yes! Tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of my first date with Mr. Sewaholic. We’re going to spend the day together, and finish off with a dinner date and hopefully a walk in the park. I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend everyone, and happy sewing!

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19 Responses to Summer Skirt in a Fall Outfit: Day Nine

  1. Stephanie Swilley September 10, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I’m new to actually commenting here, but I’ve been lurking for a while and love your work! I definitely think this skirt transitions to fall with tights. Those colors are so warm – they just scream “the leaves are falling!”

  2. mandi coulter September 10, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    very cute :) i think the weather is maybe similar here in ontario, i could wear a skirt and tights today and it would be great for this time of year!

  3. Renay September 10, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    If only I could raid your shoe closet….. I would be complete. Hehe. Love this skirt and it definately looks seasonally appropriate!

  4. Tanit-Isis September 10, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    The brown definitely helps the skirt “transition” to fall—brown is such a fall colour, isn’t it?

    Also, looking at your wardrobe makes me realize how badly I need awesome tights. Awesome warm tights.

  5. Funnygrrl September 10, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    I love this for fall. Tights just make sense. Who says we have to dress dull in fall?! The skirt is a nice pop of colour. Great outfit.

  6. Cathi September 10, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    With it’s soft muted colours I think that skirt works wonderfully for fall!

  7. petite josette September 10, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Hi think this skirt totally works for fall, the color palette is perfect for it.
    I love your outfit today, casual but feminine – love these shoes too, I have to start shopping at Winners ! :)

  8. Nancy September 10, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    I agree. The brown in the skirt makes it easy for the skirt to transition between summer an autumn wear.

    Oh, and super cute shoes! I have a similar pair we picked up at an outlet store last year.

  9. Darci September 10, 2010 at 10:24 am #


    What she said! You’re totally rockin’ the season transitional skirt!

  10. Angela September 10, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Cute outfit! I totally agree that it works as a fall / summer into fall skirt! I wouldn’t have known that it was summer skirt unless you said it was.

  11. Jessica September 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I think this definitely works as an early Fall outfit :-). Super cute!

  12. Becky September 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I think it depends on the colors and the print, really. The one you showed today worked really well, but a couple of the ones I have (which are predominately in brighter shades of blues and greens– for example, my day 7 skirt probably won’t work too much longer–the colors make it much more suited to spring and summer.

  13. Kat September 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I think the skirts colours make it a good transition piece. We are just heading into Spring here in Australia so I am getting excited for some cute summer dresses that I can sew.

  14. Brooke September 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Tasia, that is totally adorable. Gorgeous, actually — the tones all work together and the silhouette is lovely. I love the jean jacket with a print skirt thing – and as the temperature continues to fall, you can keep wearing it, given a wooly turtleneck and a tall pair of boots. Classic!

  15. Kristen September 11, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    I am so glad you are doing that. I have SO many light summer skirts (because let’s face it, lighter skirts are faster and easier to sew!) that I have been dirthering about wearing now that it is getting cooler… You have inspired me!

  16. just chic September 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    I love the fabric of your skirt. If you hadn’t mentioned it was a summer skirt, I would have thought it was for sure made of a thick fabric. I like how it matches your denim jacket

  17. Tasia September 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Thanks everyone! Looking back, this was a pretty successful way of working a summer skirt for fall, I tried it again with not quite as good results… I agree, the brown tones help! I love the jean jacket with a printed skirt too. It’s easy, and obvious, but still looks really good!

  18. Lisette September 23, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    I think you’ve had a success with the summer skirt to fall transition! Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve got those tights in teal :) The shoes are very cute.


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