Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

First baby expected April 2018!

Summer weather, fall colors... New stripey ikat skirt

This is such a tough time of year to dress for. Especially this year--we're still having summer weather, temps in the 80's a lot, but the leaves are starting to turn, and I would just feel ridiculous walking around in flip flops and shorts! Plus, I'm getting a little tired of summer brights and pastels, and am ready to sport some fall colors! But, most of the fall colors I have are sweaters... so I can't wear them much yet.

SO, when I found this fun ikat stripe fabric at JoAnn on clearance (it's the Lisette brand, one of their cute new designer lines), I bought half a yard and figured, it would be a cute pillow if it works in any of our rooms, or I could make it a skirt. ;)

It's printed on a cotton canvas weave, so it's heavy enough for a skirt or some home dec items, and I decided I wanted something longer than a miniskirt. It's a lot of color to wear on the bottom half... but, I figured, I love bright skirts!! Even for early fall. In fact, here are some inspirations...

I can make it work, right??

I used an old favorite mid-length pencil skirt I had from J.Crew for the pattern on this one, and gave it a simple yoked waistband and invisible side zipper.


I can put together some fun looks for early fall in this, right???

What are you wearing this time of year??


  1. I love the pop of blue in the fabric pattern and I think the simplicity of the pattern really balances the fun print. Adorable!

  2. Ooh, cute! And I've been having a super hard time getting dressed these days, too. It's a beautiful Oregon fall, but a little confusing, too. :)


  3. I love these colours! It's spring here in Australia but we are already having summer weather - low 30's already! (I dunno what that is in Fahrenheit, we use Celsius here) These colors are so typical of an Australian summer - in a mini version this skirt would be awesome :)

  4. We have now 7 Celsius (45F) and rain-rain-rain, so your look in skirt is almost summer look for me%(((((( And soon it will be worse, so coats, warm jackets, trousers%((( Ok, with warm tights I use dresses and skirts too%))

  5. Love the skirt! So vibrant -- I need to learn how to sew :)

  6. You did a fantastic job on your skirt! and thanks for including me in your bright-skirt inspiration, such a fun surprise :)

  7. That looks great! I love bright colors and patterns!



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