WIW: plaid and ruffles

I tried a version of Angie's plaid shirt ensemble. My plaid shirt is an ombre plaid peasant blouse. Instead of a lace skirt, I wore one made of ruffled knit fabric.

The outfit (worn to work): burgundy, gray, and black ombre plaid wool gauze peasant blouse (made by me); ruffled-knit tube skirt (made by me); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think! Aida); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera); silver pave disk earrings (Lucky).

This outfit had a medium happiness factor. I like it the pieces, and I think I like them together, but the skirt isn't comfortable. I realize I need to make another one, or remake this one. The lining I put in it doesn't prevent it from being see-through, and so I have to wear a slip with it. And with the tight fit of the skirt, the slip bunches up repeatedly throughout the day--aaargh! That can definitely put a damper on one's outfit happiness, don't you think?

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

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  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Great top! Skirt has to go if it is uncomfortable. I think a shorter or tucked length would work better with a skirt anyway!

  • thimblelina replied 6 years ago

    Wow! You are really talented. I love the soft edge to your plaid shirt!

  • Alana in Canada replied 6 years ago

    Hard to see the details on the skirt--it's too bad it is not working out for you. I do like that plaid on you, though. Very flattering with your colouring. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    Ah, now you see, I'd wear a plaid shirt like that as it isn't so much like a button-down. I really like the pairing with the skirt. Such a shame about the lining and slip bugging you because it looks great.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Top is lovely on you. As for a bunching skirt -- ARGH!! The worst. I wonder if this is one reason skirts sometimes go orphaned? It looks terrific, but if it annoys you, out it goes! 

  • replied 6 years ago

    The shirt looks great, plays up your hair. I am sorry about the bunching skirt. I hate that, and you often can't tell until you are out of the house and stuck for the day!

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    What a lovely outfit, Sharan! I hope you can fix the bunching problem with skirt.

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    The ombre plaid of that top is so interesting and lush -- it takes the plaid shirt to a whole new level. I really love it.

  • Ingunn replied 6 years ago

    The top is lovely and should be really versatile. Great colors, too! I prefer plaid with less contrast, like this one. Bunching skirts are terrible. I'm confident that you can whip up a new one in no time, to bring out a more happy expression on your face :)

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Kind of a shame about the skirt, but I love the outfit! I especially love both the colors and the shape of the plaid shirt.

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    You look great but how frustrating about the skirt. I do like it's silhouette, though; maybe it's worth a re-work?

  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    Lovely outfit, too bad about the skirt fit issues.  Maybe taking out the lining might help?

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    That is too bad about the bunching skirt!  I like the outfit and think the plaid is lovely on you.  I wonder how the shirt would look tucked in? 

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!
    Shevia and Emily, I would like to try the top tucked. I thought about a faux-tuck, but opted not to do it, just for a change. Seems like I faux-tuck every day! :)
    Jackie and Tanya, I'm going to see how hard it is to rip out the skirt lining and replace it. I may just start all over--that could be easier, but I might not find the fabric again. I originally made the skirt without a lining, and the slip bunched then, too. :(
    Suz, good observation on skirts. Finding the right slip is often hard. For me, skirts are hard, period, because I have trouble with proportions.

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    That's a great rendition of Angie's ensemble, Sharan!
    Too bad about the skirt. :-(
    The trouble with replacing the lining is that it may still bunch up, and then you're out a lot of time and trouble. I hope you get it figured out, because it looks really nice on you.

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