Happy friday, friends! I hope you found this week’s Cascade tutorials helpful. So let’s “wrap up” the week with a finished and styled Cascade skirt, shall we? And yes, that pun was definitely intended. Hehe.
Since Megan showed you a casually styled Cascade outfit earlier this week, I thought I’d show you a bit of a more dressed up version. The fabric I used (which has a matte finish on one side and a shiny underside) pretty much lends itself to be styled a little dressier. But add a little sparkle and shine with the sequins and the shoes, and I’m ready for a lovely late night dinner date with my husband. And with a swept up hairstyle and the right jewelry, I could even picture this being worn to a summer wedding!
But let’s talk about versatility for a second. Do you think about the versatility of a garment before you start a new sewing project? Before you pick out the fabric? It’s just like shopping for clothes – how well will it work in with your wardrobe? How many different ways will you be able to wear it? If you are taking the time (and love and care) to make your own clothing by hand, I doubt you’ll just want it to sit in the back of your closet and never be worn. You’ll want to actually wear it! Obviously, if you are making a gown or something, then that is most likely for a special occasion and is an exception. What I’m talking about is your everyday clothing. Your “everyday” project.
This skirt, for example. Sure, it lends itself to be styled dressier. But I could just as easily pair it with a casual striped tee and ballet flats, or a cropped tank and sandals, or even a sweater and ankle booties. Before I even started sewing this project, I had dreamed up 5 different outfits. Always a good sign!
So what about you? Do you prefer your handmade items to be “specialty” pieces, that only get worn once in a while? Or do you think about versatility, too? Do you think about how a style and fabric (or pattern) will fit into your current wardrobe before you start sewing? Tell us more!
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt // pattern
Top : Le Lapin D’or
Shoes: Blowfish Shoes