Stripes & Floral | An unlikely winning combination

I’ve been feeling pretty antsy the last few months. I haven’t been consistent with my sewing due to a few life challenges. Sewing has always been one of those things that bring me an insatiable amount of joy and peace.

Two weeks ago, I carved time out to sew an outfit just for me. Not a test project or guest blogger post, but one that I wanted to enjoy and put together. I’ve always found stripes to be nice, a little preppy, and somewhat masculine or heavy. I could never see it as sweet enough for my taste. Over the last two years, I’ve notice fashion bloggers combining the floral skirts and stripe tops. The look started to grow on me and I really love the combination now.

The latest addition to make its way out of my sewing room this, oh so feminine stripe v-neck top from BurdaStyle 6/2019 design 112 & the skirt is from the same magazine design 113.

Wanting to create a similar look to my BurdaStyle and Pinterest inspiration, this is what I came up with.

Both patterns are from the June issue of BurdaStyle. The top is design 112 and has an amazing party in the back knot detail! I used a textured knit and love the fit of the top. It’s quick to make and perfect for the beginner that would love to add slightly challenging projects to their repertoire.

A few good things about this top is the neckline. The fall is perfect, it doesn’t slip off your shoulders. My only advice is that you wear a strapless bra because my straps kept popping out. But the top was anchored on my shoulder and going nowhere.

As my love for stripes continues to grow, I can visualize this one with jeans, shorts, and trousers for the office. Don’t forget to add a blazer, depending on what’s appropriate for your office.

Next up is my floral skirt! This is design 113 and it definitely has 50s flare, the design includes buttons down the front, a wide waistband, pleats, and pockets. There is also a wide belt with buckle, which would’ve beautifully accented my waist but I decided against making it.

The skirt has six pleats in all, on the front are four and two in the back. These pleats help add subtle volume to the skirt. If you are a twirler, this is a good one for you. I love the length, a great way to show off my kitten heels as well as boots when transitioning to Fall. These green shes add a little drama to the outfit.

I would love to style this skirt with a turtleneck and tall black boots. Now! that would be perfect as the weather begins cooling down. What are your thoughts on this outfit? Is there anything you would do differently? Would you make the top in a solid color? Would you like to try stripes if it’s not your typical go to? I would love to hear from you!

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