Monday, June 5, 2017

Denim Arielle Skirt

I've had a denim Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt in my head for over two years now, since I made my original, well-loved grey Arielle skirt.


I'm not sure why I didn't make one sooner. I guess perhaps since I stopped working in an office setting regularly, so pencil/straight skirts are not what I reach for when working at home. But I think a denim skirt bridges the work/home apparel divide.


I was able to cut this Arielle out of stretch denim scraps from jeans. The outer fabric is left over from my original Ginger jeans. I think I had purchased extra in case I screwed up (which I did), but the extra wasn't enough for a pair of pants. Nor could I get the entire Arielle skirt out of it because of the shape of the pieces. So I ended up cutting the facings from other denim scraps, from a yet-to-be-blogged pair of jeans. Those long skinny pieces left over from cutting out pants actually worked well here! The two denims don't match, but they're close and you can't really see the facings, so it's ok.


I used silver jeans buttons for my skirt for some shiny contrast. As I showed in Instagram, I used kitchen implements (a cast iron pan and meat tenderizer) to install them. For some reason, this is what works best for me! 


I really love the Arielle skirt... the darts and high fitted waist (with no waistband, just a facing) act like a (comfortable) corset, smoothing over lumps and bumps. I do kinda wish it was slightly more pegged at the hem, but that's my only complaint.



I'm going for the sassy librarian look here, pairing my Arielle with my Cashmerette Harrison shirt. But the denim skirt also looks cute with a t-shirt and I think it'll look awesome with sweaters, too. I often wore my grey version with my Seamwork Astoria when I was working in the office.


I could see making a mini version of the Arielle out of some black denim scraps I have left over from my Beth pants. I would never wear a mini here in Bangkok where bare legs are de rigueur (well, a necessity), but perhaps in cooler weather with tights I would be ok with showing off some more leg.


 Have you made Arielle? What's your favorite pencil or straight skirt pattern?
  

15 comments:

  1. I adore this entire outfit! Your skirt is perfect in a denim! Going to look at this pattern now...

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  2. This is so good! I have the pattern, still have not made it for myself. Hmmm.

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    1. This skirt would look great on you, Masha! I could definitely see it fitting into your pencil skirt parade ;-)

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  3. Love this. My fave pencil skirt still has to be the Colette beignet... so much work but so fabulous in the end.

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    1. Thanks!! I have been meaning to make the Beignet, too. Maybe that will be my next skirt project...

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  4. Love this on you! I bet if it was more pegged, the buttons down the side might try to gape open (on anyone, not just you!). This one really fits you so well (literally and figuratively) and is a great modern take on a denim skirt.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! True- there is definitely the danger of pulling if the skirt were more fitted. Also there's no center back seam for a vent or anything, so if it were more pegged it might be hard to walk ;-)

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  5. I've been meaning to make one of these in denim and just haven't yet. Love this on you so much I'm going to dig out the denim and order the pattern!

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    1. I'm really delighted with how it turned out in denim! It's casual, and yet a bit more refined than a regular denim skirt. I hope you like yours!

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  6. I forgot how cool this pattern was. It looks so fresh in the denim with the high contrast buttons. And the silver bangles are a great touch too!

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  7. You look great with the Ariele skirt and Harrison shirt. I have had the Ariele skirt on my radar. I need to order. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. You look great with the Ariele skirt and Harrison shirt. I have had the Ariele skirt on my radar. I need to order. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love the Sew House Seven Alberta Street Pencil Skirt. I've made one from stretch corduroy and really want a denim one.

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  10. I think we all need one of those. I have the pattern in a bag, with the fabric, selected buttons lining and ..... I just haven't got around to it yet. Feeling inspired. JO x

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