Any beginner sewist has given a circle skirt or basic button-up a try. With Mood’s Circle Skirt Calculator and free patterns, they’re some of the easiest projects to practice with when you’re just starting out. Advancing your skills as a sewer though, doesn’t always mean more complex projects, sometimes it means elevating your basic projects with more advanced fabrics!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 1-2 yards Fancy Black and Metallic Gold Floral Corded and Embroidered Lace with Single Scalloped Edge
- 1 yard Black Stretch Satin
- 10 Italian Black Floral Rhinestone-Centered Plastic Buttons – 20L/12mm
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 22.
The pattern above is for Mood’s free Melia Blouse pattern, which we made here in a translucent embroidered mesh and contrasting black satin. The only edit made to the original pattern was at the button placket.
The pattern calls for a fold-back placket, which we just separated from the shirt front to make its own piece. Seam allowance was then added to the two new edges.
The skirt is a full midi circle skirt of satin, overlayed with 3 yards of plain tulle and embroidered mesh even gathered into the waistband. The waistband itself is actually the necktie from our free Onella Blouse pattern!
Have you ever used an unconventional fabric to elevate one of your projects? Tell me about it in the comments below!