Since Mood started releasing free sewing patterns, I’ve had a few favorites, but the Iris Ensemble always seems to stay at the top of my list. Originally featuring both a skirt and bodysuit, I decided to make the skirt in an exquisite burnout brocade to be paired with the gorgeous Gladiolus Blazer Redux that Shavonne designed last month. The final product is a look that I can easily imagine at a luxe NYE event.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 7 yards Metallic Gold and Black Luxury Crinkled Organza Burnout Brocade
- 2 yards Ultra Black Solid Polyester Satin
- 1 9″ Black Invisible Zipper
- MDF030 – The Iris Ensemble Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
- Note: The Iris Ensemble features a skirt and bodysuit. For just the skirt, print pages 2-6, 11-16, 20-26, 29-35, 38-44, 47-52, 56-61, 65-68.
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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.
For this redux, I didn’t make too many changes, however I did add a partial lining to make up for the burnout organza parts of the brocade. This was just created with a short, half circle skirt using Mood’s Circle Skirt Calculator.
The only other change I made was to cut 2 of the waistband. Rather than fold it down to self-face it, I kept it at double height for a super high-waisted look.
Will you be giving the Iris a try for this upcoming holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!
I love what you did with the Iris pattern! It’s such a lovely holiday look! But I did the math and realized that this was $350 of the brocade material alone!! Definitely not in my budget, but such a lovely inspiration. I’ll check out some of your cheaper brocades, lol!
This is a beautiful pattern! I am going to try and make this for a school assessment, however I am quite stuck on how the two skirts come together. Could you please give me some advice? Thank you 🙂
Hi Chase! Did you check out the original instructions here?
Chase, I had the same question at first – the skirt looks so full, seems to be layered. I had to read the instructions several times before I figured out the short piece is sewn by the side seams TO the long piece.
Hey! Is there an alternative to using brocade? Love this btw!!
Hi Emma, certainly! You could try satin, faille, moire, jacquard, and so much more. It really depends on what kind of volume and fullness you’re looking for. 🙂
It’s love to have almost the same volume as the original skirt. Which fabric do you recommend then?
Hi Emma – I’d recommend a brocade or jacquard. 🙂
This is so beautiful, i wanna make this in an thick african fabric and i was wondering if it is possible to fluff it up with som tulle underneath?
Yes, definitely! You could make a circle skirt with our calculator. 🙂
Hello. Love the dress.
question one: did you sew the half circle skirt to the brocade skirt? or are they to separate skirts????
question two: do you think a full circle skirt could be used instead of the half circle skirt? Or is the half circle chosen because it fit better in the over-all design?
Hi, MacKenzie! The half circle skirt was only attached to the brocade at the waistband. Also, a full circle skirt would definitely work as a lining as well! I just went with half to save fabric. 🙂