Monday, February 16, 2015

A Moneta Crop Top, a 3/4 Circle Skirt, and a Mammoth

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt

A few weeks ago, one of my dearest friends who is getting married in the fall had all of her bridesmaids come to visit her in D.C., myself included. We went dress shopping, drank champagne, and burst into spontaneous yet choreographed song and dance at various times throughout the weekend [not really].

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt

Since we all know that traveling provides some of the best sew-jo, naturally I had to make something to take with me. One of the items on the weekend's agenda was '90's night dancing [oh yes]. After much debate, I decided to leave my guitar pick & hemp choker and L.E.I. jeans behind; instead I went with a 3/4 circle skirt out of Robert Kaufman Radiance, which is a cotton/silk blend, and a knit crop top out of something from Joann's.

First let's talk about the top. Since the skirt fits at my natural waist, I didn't want to deal with tucking anything in, so I decided to make a crop top using the Colette Moneta dress pattern. I just cut and assembled the bodice pieces as usual [no alterations except for my personal fit]. Then I cut a band that was 2" shorter than the circumference of the bottom edge and double the finished width plus seam allowance. [Next time I might just do 1" shorter, it was a teensy bit snug.] I sewed the ends together to make a circle, folded it in half, and attached it to the bottom edge of the bodice. It worked out really well, and hits at the perfect place right above the skirt.

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt

You know what's dumb, though? When it came time to wear my new crop top, I completely wimped out and wore a tank top under it. I used the convenient excuse that it was cold - it was cold - but if I'm being completely honest, it was also because I was nervous about feeling exposed or getting unwanted attention, and my social survival mammoth prevailed [read this article about the mammoth, it's good]. And it's silly, because I think the crop-top-high-waist thing looks great when other people do it, and I don't think anything of it. I guess when it's warmer I can try to beat the mammoth back into its cave and wear the crop top in all its croppy toppy glory. [How often does your social survival mammoth win?]

But anyway, a great time was had by all. Dances were danced, lyrics were screamed, the 90s were alive and well.

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt
reenactment of said dancing

So on to the skirt. I didn't have enough fabric to make a full circle skirt, so that's why I went with the 3/4. I already had the fabric, so for the sake of being responsible I used it, even though it's a bit on the lightweight side. It also tends to wrinkle a lot in the back when I sit on it, which is a bummer but I suppose unavoidable. It is, however, shiny and drapey and beautiful. I hemmed with store bought bias tape - I wanted the stiffness to make the skirt bell out a little - and I hand stitched it so it wouldn't show from the outside.

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt

And of course, there are POCKETS! And also a waistband and back invisible zip.

Moneta Crop Top + 3/4 Circle Skirt
I'm sorry I made this face more than once in this post, feel free to punch me

I was a little pressed for time, so I looked for a 3/4 circle skirt tutorial online so I didn't have to figure anything out, but I didn't really find one. I'm not talking about the calculations, I mean how to go from that to a pattern and then to a skirt. So on Wednesday I'm going to post a tutorial for how I made my skirt in case anyone wants to know.

In the mean time, I'm gonna go have a talk with my mammoth.

20 comments:

  1. This combination looks really great on you! I probably wouldn't wear it for my everyday business without a tank. But I think it's perfect for a nineties - or any other - party. I'm also fighting a lot with my mammoth, because I really, really love skirts and dresses but mostly wear jeans. I'm often afraid, that my dresses/skirts are too fancy and I get (like you) unwanted attention. But we shouldn't care about the others. It’s important to feel good with it!

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    1. thanks! and i understand about not wanting to feel too fancy! we just have to remind ourselves that no one is paying that much attentions. but it's hard. :]

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  2. oh girl, you can totally pull of that crop top action! it's not like it's full and voluminous and showing loads of skin, nor did you pair it with something cheap. this combo is classy and just that little bit risqué (look at me using my French there)! super cute!

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    1. aw thanks for the pep talk! it's just a matter of bravery in the moment. and impressionnant [definitely google translated that], you are SO multicultural! :]

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  3. Oh, that mammoth article is so great. I really should print it out and hang it on the wall in front of me at work, so I am reminded all day haha

    You totally rock this look! I hope you wear it again because the world needs to see it!

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    1. aw thanks! and i really loved that article the first time i read it. i like giving shyness/insecurity/etc a shape and character, i feel like it makes it easier to overpower.

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  4. Ooooooo I wants me some of that Radiance fabric! So shiny! Love the crop top, too. Way cute!

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  5. It's a very cute outfit. If yo are feeling shy about the crop top, why not remove the band and make a wider one--that is one that will got just below the waist band. If you're short on fabric you could just add another band. It really is cute though and you look great in it.

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  6. The crop top looks fantastic! I saw it and thought of 1960s glamour, and that's never a bad thing. Ever.

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  7. Oh man, L.E.I. jeans!!! I haven't thought about them for a LONG time! This is such a cute outfit! I definitely didn't have anything this cute in the '90's... :)

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    1. haha me either...lots of flare jeans and baggy tshirts. i was also very fond of the turtleneck-under-sweatshirt look

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  8. Love this outfit - the top/skirt combo is spot on. I've been planning to make a skirt like this for ages - nice to see some silk inspiration.

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  9. I don't think I saw anybody post this.. Have you seen this? http://byhandlondon.com/pages/circle-skirt-app

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    1. yes i have! it is wonderful...but it only has 1/4, 1/2 and full circle skirts, and i wanted 3/4 :]

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  10. You really need to rock that top without any extra "protection". With a high-waisted skirt it is charming and not over-exposed (unlike the later-90s early-00s crop top and low-waist look). Besides, 10 years from now you'll look back on these pictures and realize what a waste it was to feel self-conscious. Flaunt that inch of midriff while you can!

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  11. You look gorgeous in that crop top! So glad I found your blog via Seamwork Magazine (excellent article on wool, by the way). Your writing makes me feel like I am having a lovely chat about sewing with my best friend...except she wouldn't know a sewing machine from a coffee pot! I am subscribing to your blog PRONTO!

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    1. thank you, that means so much to me!! and while i do know the difference between a sewing machine and a coffee pot, i have to say, if someone invented a sewing machine that also made coffee, i think my life would be complete. :D

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  12. This top is one of my most favourite makes of yours and I want it oh so much for myself :)
    I might have even bought a similar looking knit fabric the other day... And I might be planning to make an exact copy of this top. Now, is that considered polite in the sewing world? I'm quite new to all this. You don't mind your make being copied, do you? :)

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  13. You look great! I didn't know Joann's had delicious yummy polka dot fabric like what you used for your shirt! I need to get me some of that!

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