The Traveling Beignet (and a Hat!)

I did it! I successfully scared myself into finishing this skirt by today, Sunday! This is my second Beignet Skirt from Colette Patterns and I really loved how it turned out. I paired it with a hat to go with this week’s “Hat Trick” challenge over at the Sew Weekly. Sorry for the poor-ish quality photos, I need to invest in a better camera (or steal my sister’s!).
I call this the Traveling Beignet because the materials are from all over the place! The shell is from New York’s Garment District, the bias trim and lining is from Sew L.A. in Los Angeles, the cotton facings are from a Joann’s in Connecticut (leftover from a bag I made for my cousin), the buttons are from a Joann’s in Burbank, CA, and the lace is from a thrift store here in Virginia. The hat and the (on its way out) top are from my old neighborhood in Brooklyn and the shoes are from Tip Top Shoes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I can just hear my ol’ co-worker in L.A. lecturing me on the high carbon footprint of this ensemble.

The Basics
  • Pattern: Beignet Skirt from Colette Patterns
  • Fabric: Cotton Blend Tweed (shell); cotton voile (lining); lightweight cotton (facings)
  • Other Goodies: Bias tape for the belt; 11 buttons; lace at the lining hem; twill tape at waist seam
  • Size: 4 at waist; 2 from hip to hem

Pendrell Blouse & Beignet Skirt!

Alrighty, a completed project for the blog! This thing’s been lonely for awhile with just a couple of paragraphs to its credit so I’m glad I got something up before the end of the month. Phew.

The Beignet skirt from Colette Patterns was made last year when I was still in L.A. enjoying that mild winter. I used cotton canvas for the shell and a green voile for the lining, and with all the concentration in the world made 11 buttonholes for those brown buttons. I was very proud of my Janome, it worked through those with no problem! I love the color and feel of the skirt. Colette patterns are designed with very little ease so it’s a good idea to go up a size if you’re between sizes.
And now for the newest garment in my handmade wardrobe – the Pendrell blouse from Sewaholic Patterns!  I just happened to find Tasia’s blog last fall and am very glad I did. She has excellent tutorials and such a great, feminine style. This is her very first pattern; she designs for pear-shaped women (which I’m not), so I just brought in the hips of my size and voila!  Tasia is hosting a sew-along if you’re interested in making this blouse and need a little guidance.

The blouse is meant to be semi-fitted and tucked in. I went with View B since I don’t have anything with ruffles and wouldn’t have thought about them otherwise.  I figured I’d give them a go, even though my shoulders and hips are about the same width and I wasn’t sure if they would look good on me.  Sewing’s all about trying new things and if they don’t work out, we move on, right? 🙂

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