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The Harryett Skirt

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First of all, I’ve decided that going forward, I am going to name the garments I make. I named my car Rose and I named my bike Selena, so why not my clothes? I have always had an affinity towards cool names; a page in my sketchbook (which I take EVERYWHERE) has a page dedicated to names I like – Landon, Tallullah, Peonia. Plus, naming this is fun.

So this is Harryett, a mint green maxi skirt (I added a little panache by changing the spelling of her name) I made for no particular reason. There was no event to attend and there was no hot date coming up on the calendar. I simply made it because I saw and fell in love with a bridal outfit that was in a J. Crew catalog last year. Amidst all the traditional gowns featured in the catalog was this ensemble. How cool of a bride would you and I be if we wore this to our wedding! Even better would be if we wore Converse’s to top off the whole ensemble.

Let’s talk construction and patterns. The pattern for this skirt was very simple to draft. I didn’t use my block because the pattern was simply a square/rectangle that was shirred into a straight-cut waistband. All I had to figure out was the shirring ratio (2:1) and the length. The length is a little short but intentionally so. I wanted this skirt to be a dress-up or a dress-down piece. I wanted to be able to wear it with flat shoes (i.e. sandals or Converse’s) and a tee (as the model wore in the J. Crew catalog) or with heels and a fancy blouse. If worn with heels, I wanted the length to be short enough to showcase a pair of crazy shoes (as I did in the photo).

The skirt is completely reversible! Yes. One hundred percent reversible! The skirt is made of a mint green taffeta and a sheer white organza. I chose the two fabric to go along with the dress-up, dress-down theme of the skirt. Wearing the skirt with the organza on the exterior would be for a more formal occasion while wearing the skirt with the taffeta on the exterior would be for a less formal occasion. To make it completely reversible, I clean finished the waist band and button and loop closure (which is at center back and isn’t shown in the photos). Also, when inserting the two layers into the waistband, I inserted it so that the side seams and bottom hem seam allowances (French seams on side seams and clean turnback at bottom hem) faced each other on the interior. And just as a little detail, I inserted a picot trim at the top and bottom of waistband.

Click on the image at the beginning of the post to view bigger pictures. All photographs were done by Good Exposure Photography and all styling was done by Brandy Swope. Thanks again ladies!



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    You look gorgeous in your skirt..I really like it thanks for sharing some photo..

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    Love, Carrie

    This skirt is awesome! Swoon!!! Everything is perfect……the color, the length, the texture…..looove!

    P.S. I totally thought of you today while making curtains for my living room…..even though I can’t cut or sew straight I think you would be proud of my bumbeling effort….haha!

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    Gorgeous!! This is so, so pretty! I love it styled with the striped top!

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    this is such a pretty skirt – and the pictures are fantastic. I love that its reversible! How smart is that!??! So smart.

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      I love how you answered your own question. That made me laugh 🙂

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    Elle C

    Brilliant idea to make it reversible! What a cute skirt.

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    It’s BEAUTIFUL and I love the pictures. I can’t believe it’s reversible. I like how you’ve styled it, too. The striped top is unexpected and totally works.

    I’m not planning on procreating, but if I did I would absolutely name my girl Tallulah. That’s always been a favorite.

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      Ha! I’m not procreating either anytime soon but Tallulah sure is a good name!

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    This is so adorable! I’ve styled it about 50 different ways in my head pretending it’s mine. Have a great day 🙂

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    You’re so cute in that skirt!

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    I LOVE the mint with the striped top! I never would have thought to match those colors. I love naming things. I think naming the characters is the part I like best about writing stories ;o)

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    It’s reversible?? What wizardry is this?? lol! 😀 Awesome! That is such a clever idea of yours. And of course the colour just flat-out rules. Ooh you should take pictures of how it looks on each side! 😀

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    Oh goodness… As before, not a sewer, but for sure a lover of fashion and this is adorable in every way. The color combo is so lovely and reversible? Less wash! Huzzah! Plus that layout for your pics and inspirations? Super Cool

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      Less laundry = very good

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    Jessica @ Running With Scissors

    I love how it’s paired with the striped shirt. Such a fun outfit.

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    This is beautiful! I love that color right now, and am thinking of trying it out with a watermelon-y red (wait, just like the Anthro picture you have!).

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