The A-line skirt continues to be a classic wardrobe staple. Yes, staple can mean boring, but not when there are so many possibilities to styling it into all kinds of outfits.
For this instalment of my 3 Ways to Style series, I wanted to show you how I styled one of my favourite skirts, a simple, yet very interesting to wear and fun to sew pattern from Fibre Mood. It’s called Jutta and it’s from Issue 5 last year. I actually made it last summer, but it didn’t actually make it on the blog. However, it got loads of wear last year before it got cold and I even managed to take it out a few times this year, in spite of the lockdown.
Before we head to the outfits, let me tell you quickly about this pattern.
FIBRE MOOD JUTTA – PATTERN REVIEW
Pattern description: Jutta is an A-line skirt with very comfortable slit pockets. The chord used to close the skirt gives your waist a striking touch. It falls to just below the knee and has the option to be worn fitted on the waist or loose around the hips.
What I most liked about the pattern was the interesting front detail, where the front piece is much wider than the back and it’s drawn together with a tie. No zipper, no need for other closures. Also, the slant pockets are a nice touch. And the midi length also worked very well for me.
There are some interesting sewing techniques and I must confess I did keep a close eye on the instructions. But they are pretty clear and with good illustrations.
For the record, my measurements are:
- Hips: 98 cm (38.5in)
- Waist: 72 cm (28.5in)
- Bust 88cm (34.5in)
- Height: 1.72m/5.8in
The pattern comes with the magazine (Issue 5, which I reviewed here when it came out last year) and you will have to copy it out. Remember to add Seam Allowance. It can also be bought as PDF from the website, which can be printed in the right size only and you can choose to print with or without SA.
I used a fabric from de deep stash, some sort of polyester mix in a minty green. I dyed with black polyester dye, but it came out this dark green which I like very much. It’s a bit splotchy, as I never seem to get stove top dyeing right. But I cut around the biggest stains and what remains, is scrunched in the ties.
I cut a size 38, my usual Fibre Mood size. Because of the ties, I don’t have any issues getting in and out, but if I had followed the recommended measurements, I would have probably made a 40.
Wear thoughts: After wearing this skirt a few times, the only complaint is that the ties slip a bit and i end up with the waistline lower than I would like. My friend Kate had the idea of adding elastic inside the ties, to make sure the skirt stays up no matter what, but I could not be bothered to go back and do that. Clearly, it must not bother me all that much…
And now, let me show you how versatile this skirt can be.
As you may remember from previous series, I tend to style a piece for work, or a more business-like setting, a going out setting and a casual one. Well, loads of people are working from home, so the work setting will look more like the casual one. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not really going out all that much lately. So let’s just call them Outfit 1, 2 and 3 for now. Even if it’s just playing dress-up.
1| DIY A-LINE SKIRT OUTFIT 1
This is the first outfit I created around this skirt when I first wore it last year. I love the simple white, fitted t-shirt paired with the skirt and the cropped jacket. Also, you might have recognised what I now call my signature shoes, aka, anyhting flat and pointy. I really like how the fitted t-shirt works tucked in the skirt, allowing the bow to stand out. I also relaly like the look of flats with a midi skirt.
I’M WEARING: Jacket – Mona Biker Jacket from Make my Lemonade (review here); t-shirt – RTW (very old); skirt – Jutta from Fibre Mood Issue 5 (PDF here); White leather flats from Kiin; Earrings – polymer clay (made by me).
2| DIY A-LINE SKIRT OUTFIT 2
Although this is a summery skirt, as the fabric is quite lightweight, I wanted to challenge myself to wear it in a transitional or autumnal setting. The number one trick for this is to wear a slip or a removable lining, otherwise, it clings to your tights and that’s super annoying.
In this outfit, I paired my Fibre Mood Jutta skirt with one of my favourite and most worn jackets, with a flouce front and a thermal turtleneck body. This was one of the best things I bought in years. It’s super versatile, warm and yet very thin, works layered and also on its own. And best thing, it’s a body and when I claps it over tights, it keeps them in place all day long. I also put on heels for the first time in ages. I love these M&S v-front heels that I got a few years ago. They are super comfortable and I can even walk in them, shock, horror!
I’M WEARING: Blazer – RTW (old); Top- RTW thermal turtleneck body; skirt – Fibre Mood Jutta (PDF here); shoes: RTW (old); Earrings – polymer clay made by me.
3| DIY A-LINE SKIRT OUTFIT 3
This is an outfit similar to the first one, but I really wanted to showcase the colour combo between the green, navy and beige/gold + denim. This top that I have styled before keeps on giving. It’s very cropped, so I need high-waisted items to pair it with or as under-layers. In this case, I like that it’s short enough to hit the right spot on my waist without showing skin, but also allowing the ties to shine.
I paired the combination with my trusted denim jacket – honestly, not sure what this jacket won’t work with! Again, a cropped length jacket works great with the length of the skirt. And denim goes with anyhting.
I’M WEARING: Jacket – RTW (old); top – Seamwork Astoria (review here, further styling here); skirt – Fibre Mood Jutta (PDF here); shoes – Vagabond (old); Earrings and necklace – polymer clay made by me.
SO TELL ME, WHICH OF THE THREE OUTFITS IS YOUR FAVOURITE? AND WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE A-LINE SKIRT PATTERNS?
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