Monday, March 15, 2010

Stash to Treasure: Skirt and Jacket

A couple of years ago, Scoot was wearing holes in his knees like nobody's business, so I decided I should sew him some trousers.  I bought a pretty basic pattern and a stack of cloth, and stitched up two pairs in blue denim as fast as I could.  And . . . he hated them.  I couldn't blame him.  The pants were far too wide.  I took them in a bit, and thought about altering the pattern.  But I was discouraged, and never sewed him any more trousers.  I just forgot about the other pieces of fabric.

Until, that is, my recent organizing project.  I measured the larger pieces, and found that the beige twill was large enough for an A-line skirt from my favorite skirt pattern, Simplicity 5914.  And the green denim, with a little help from some off-white corduroy and brown lining scraps, was just right for a jacket.

I started with McCall's 5191 (which seems to be out of print now), but altered it a bit to make it look more like this (which wasn't discounted when I first discovered that I admired it.  Can you tell this project took a while to get started?).  I eliminated the front yoke, pleated the pockets and moved them down, added a waistline strap in the back, and curved the princess seams to make them look more, um, princessy.  Since I didn't feel like shortening the sleeves, I put the cuffs on inside out, and turned them up.  It was a fun challenge, and I only had to buy the buttons! 
So, here are the jacket and skirt together on a lovely, almost-spring day.


  1. That's a smashing outfit T! I love it:) Vae

  2. Very cute. The girls take dance in Bremerton (her teacher, Patti Martig, rents a room at the Masonic Lodge).