No Cheetahs Were Harmed in the Making of this Outfit

Here is my second Everyday Wardrobe experiment. The NWG or Never Worn Garment here is this fuchsia skirt. You may remember seeing this skirt here. The original was self-drafted and so was the redo (I teach a class at Yellow Bird on how to draft, pattern and construct your own from your own measurements and its seriously so much better than any pencil skirt I’ve ever made from a pattern!). I was never happy with the way this skirt fit originally and after the last time I wore it, I was bound and determined that I would not wear it again unless I redid it. So I unpicked the whole thing, redrafted the pattern and changed up a few elements. I opted for a petersham waistband, an invisible zipper, a slit in the back, new lining and a quirky little pocket. I changed the dart location and made the darts shorter and I also tapered the skirt at the knee. I’m so much happier with this skirt. It’s truly a power house blank canvas.

Since the first time I made this skirt, I’ve had a really hard time putting things with it, hence the NWG-ness of it. I love the color so much and its just dying to be worn. I asked myself all of the questions in Step 2 of the Game Plan and determined that I had 2 pairs of shoes that would work quite well with this skirt and they would be shoes I would actually wear, these flats being one of the pairs. Then I went to the stash. I had a bit of a hard time finding anything that really meshed the way I wanted it to with the skirt, so I headed on over to Yellow Bird and picked up this cheetah print cotton and modal knit.

The shell/tank under the cardi is the Pendrell blouse pattern from the Sewaholic. A+ pattern for the Everyday Wardrobe people. Soooo easy to fit and easy to make and its one of those things that I probably would never have made – I would have gone for one of the other versions – except that I’m trying to make complete outfits here. Maybe a little weird, but I really do find that interesting. Since I’m planning a wardrobe, I choose to make things that actually I probably wouldn’t bother with but, I like having the control of making exactly what I want or need and how much nicer I can make it than a big box chain store.

The cardigan here is a rub-off from a pre-existing garment. If you don’t know what a rub-off is, its the process of making a paper pattern from a pre-existing garment and its really not that hard to do. I’ll be discussing this much more in depth in another post because I’ve rubbed off several other garments in my closet since this make. This was the first rub-off I’ve ever done and I LOVE the way it turned out. I’ll be sure to show you the original cardigan next time. This modal knit is just about heaven to wear too. It’s just plain amazing stuff – sooooooo soft! I’ll be discussing knits in another post too – where I’ll also give you some great resources for where to find them.

All in all, this was a much more challenging Everyday Outfit. I knew that in order to make the cut, this skirt had to be comfy. It is. It’s not as comfortable as say, jeans, but its not restrictive or binding either – probably because this thing was drafted and made for me to wear! Wearing my little flat loafers was the clincher too. I love these babies! I’m pretty proud of myself here. Two great coordinating pieces that go with this skirt and its a little more upscale everyday – something you could easily wear to work!

And for your enjoyment, here’s a remixed outfit I built on with rubbed off cardi. Here, it gets a pairing with none other than Simplicity 1880′s wrap dress version.



  • Joelle - You are amazing! Love this–all parts!ReplyCancel

  • secretlifeofseams - Love both these outfits! The colours are fantastic and cheetah print with hot pink? Definitely yes. I also love cheetah/leopard with deep green shades. Copying your existing cardigans is totally the way to go, I find it so hard to get hold of good cardigan patterns but you’re bound to have one in your wardrobe already!
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  • Sallie - Great outfits! I really love the color of that skirt and I like how you paired it with neutrals here. I generally feel that my cardigans are some of the hardest working items in my closet, and so necessary for overly air conditioned interiors!
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  • Janice - We’d love a cardigan rub-off tutorial please! Also how to add buttons to knits.
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  • Tiffany - LOVE that cardi with the wrap dress and boots!!! You look so stylishly cute!!
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  • Stacy @ Stacyverb - I loooove using animal print as a neutral and then pairing it with something bright. You’ve really given this skirt a whole new life!
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  • Carlee McTavish - I absolutely LOVE the skirt! The colour, the pocket, the shape, everything! Methinks I will have to be pattern browsing for a pencil skirt in the near future….ReplyCancel

  • the Rub-Off - [...] last week’s post, I talked about how I did a rub-off for the above cardigan and I definitely wanted to let everyone [...]ReplyCancel

  • Christina - About a year ago, I decided I needed to do a similar wardrobe overhaul, focusing on clothes I could wear everyday as a work-from-home mom and that would fit and flatter me. Sadly, I haven’t made any progress at all on this project, so your series is a great reminder that I should actually make that happen!

    I’m very interested in info you might be able to share on knits. I’m learning to sew with them, but I’ve had a terrible time finding knit fabric (either for tops or layers like your cardi) that I want to wear!
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  • Lisa - I love, love, love this look! It makes me want to find a similar pattern and copycat this immediately! First I’d have to improve on my sewing skills and start wearing dresses, but I do have some worn cowboy boots -so there’s that. I really would love to try it. I just discovered your blog today, and it looks like a keeper! Thank you
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  • To the Manor Born - [...] is the exact same skirt as my fuschia skirt just different fabric is all. It’s a self drafted number which is the reason it fits so [...]ReplyCancel