I’m sure I’m not the only person who does this so I’ll just go ahead and admit it: Often when I get my hands on a new pattern that I’m excited about, I don’t make myself choose between my favorite pattern options or fabric designs. I just go ahead and cut out multiple versions right then. I have done this so many times before. So when Farah at Mingo & Grace released her newest pattern, I didn’t bother pretending like I was going to make just one.
Also, it should be said that I am about two weeks away from moving into a new house, and six weeks away from welcoming a new baby, so I wanted to get maximum wear for my sewing efforts. Mix and match it is!!!
Would you like to see my four looks? Better yet, would you like to make this look?
Make this Look: Mix and Match Crop and Skirt Set.
MAKE THIS LOOK:
Pattern: Crop Top Set 2715 by Mingo & Grace.
- Cotton poplin from London Fabric District
- Orange plaid and golden tulle from Jo-Ann Fabrics
- Floral scuba from Fabric.com
Look One: Full and Fancy
For this look I (obviously) used the same fabric for the top and bottom, did a flat front waistband on the skirt, and an elbow length sleeve and a keyhole closure on the top. I used scuba fabric which can be a bit bulky, so I cut the skirt width to one and a half times the width of the top (as suggested by Farrah) and it worked out perfectly!
I originally planned to attach a few layers of tulle under the skirt, but I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted to attach it or if I wanted it to be a permanent fixture. In the end I made a separate tulle skirt to be worn underneath for a fancier look when need be. It is a very simple skirt: 4 layers of gathered tulle cut 3 inches longer than the skirt length, with a simple knit A-line for the lining, all attached to 1 inch wide elastic, and at 1 inch less than her waist measurement. The tulle isn’t necessary, the outfit is just as fantastic without it, but it adds fullness to the skirt and might make your little lady want to dance and spin like mine did!!
Look 2: Easy and Dressy
For this look I went with a more casual top, with a cozy cotton poplin fabric and 3/4 length sleeves. I didn’t want to add a closure to the top because of the casual nature, and frankly I hate buttonholes, so I lowered the neckline by an inch, made sure it fit over her head, and was good to go. I still gave it an interfaced facing, which is flipped to the inside, stitched down around the neckline, and stitched in the ditch along the shoulders. She has already worn this shirt once with jeans and it was perfect! Once it gets cooler I might add a little band to the bottom for extra coverage, but for now it is just right and I love it with this skirt!
Hannah couldn’t keep her hands out of the pockets (yes, pockets on everything around here) and you can see that the skirt drapes beautifully without the tulle to fluff it up. I love how this skirt seems a little dressier than normal but not so dressy that it needs to be saved for a special occasion. All heart eyes over here.
Look 3: Classic and Casual
This outfit is just so darn autumn-y looking, right? I wasn’t going for that in particular, but once it was on Hannah I just kept thinking how it looked perfect for all of the pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and October festivities that we have ahead of us!
This skirt is made with the gathered waistband and a wide hem. It’s a slightly stiff fabric, so when it’s gathered it has lots of fullness on it’s own, but still could be worn with the tulle underskirt.
Look 4: Fun and Chic
I feel like I should admit that, at first, this was the look I wasn’t entirely sure about. But once it was on Hannah, it was my favorite by far. Maybe because it is a small variation on my normal go-to preference of stripes and small floral, but instead it’s horizontal and vertical stripes with large floral? I don’t know. But I love it. Love.
There is just something so cute and sassy about a full skirt with a little bit of belly peeking out. Even though I often want an outfit that can be used in many different situations, this one seems special. It’s fun and sassy and Hannah was just working those pockets!
This is why I love sewing.
Which version is your favorite? Have you tried this pattern yet? You will not be disappointed.
As always, happy sewing!!