Ruffled tank and pleated skirt DIY outfit! Guest project

Here's another super fun tutorial from Jessi of Sweetie Pie Bakery!  Thanks for sharing, Jessi!


My husband has a birthday coming up, a big one in fact-The big 3-0! Since he has been traveling a lot for work lately he wanted to do something low key, yet I still wanted to dress up. I thought this outfit was the perfect compromise! (As well as a compromise to our budget!)


I had the Anna Maria Horner Study Hall Skirt pattern in my stash and really wanted to give it another go. I wanted to make it less juvenile and more dressy. I thought that doing something monochromatic but playing on textures would do just that. For the main skirt I used a black Kona cotton and a satin for the pleats. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this skirt. The only negative I have against the pattern is that it was a tad big. I even made the smallest size but it still feels a bit too loose...in the way that it might just spin all the way around while I'm walking.
*images from Clairelafaye
For the top, I needed something super fast. I was inspired by these tanks in this etsy shop by designer Clairelafaye. They are so girly and fun. In the end, I chose to just cinch up some chiffon and sorta snake it around the neckline, giving it a bit of an asymmetric look. I hand stitched the chiffon onto an $8 tank top from Target right on the dress form-so simple!


So cute, fun and fast!!

Be sure to check out Jessi's blog Sweetie Pie Bakery and look for more Adventures with Sweetie Pie Bakery here on Adventures in Dressmaking!

7 comments

  1. So simplistic but so pretty! Love it!

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  2. Love this outfit!!!! I have this pattern and have been dying to try it. I feel like no matter what fabric I use it will end in a
    mess. I think I will try it with one solid and one print for my first go round. I am all over that tank! Hope your new job is treating you right!!!

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  3. OMG! I LOVE the top so much! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What an easy and cheap way of getting a lovely outfit! It looks really nice.

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  5. I do love that tanktop. Lovely!!

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  6. The tank is so beautiful! It has the best combination of price, speed of sewing and style. Perfectly!

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  7. Fantastic use of the skirt pattern! At first I thought Kona cotton wouldn't look polished enough next to the satin, but it looks amazing! And what a great idea for transforming a cheapie tank. I'm totally stealing this.

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