The second of the Clever Charlotte skirt patterns is the Orchid Pattern. This skirt (and blouse) pattern delight, as usual! The Mabel Madison corduroy we received for this pattern has such a vintage vibe to it, echoing the vintage feel of the Orchid pattern. Let’s start our Orchid pattern review with the skirt!
We received this fabulous Stenzo corduroy from Mabel Madison and instantly fell in love! It holds up marvelously to the dramatic pleats of the Clever Charlotte Orchid skirt. This little skirt if very easy to whip up, and has a very professional finished look.
The Orchid pattern skirt has a zipper (the pattern cleverly allows for either an invisible zipper or regular) that creates a fitted look. It would be easy to add buttonhole elastic to this skirt like the Clever Charlotte Chickadee skirt, but we didn’t do that. This time! This is one sweet little skirt we will definitely be turning to often.
After we made the Orchid skirt, we were searching through our stash for the perfect vintage material to make the Orchid top, and were coming up short until we remembered a vintage lace tablecloth we were given by an aunt. If you follow us on Instagram, you saw us deliberating about whether or not to use such a treasure, but as you can see, the results are well worth it!
We lined it with a soft, deep green peachskin fabric and left the arms unlined to dramatize the lace effect. Due to the nature of the lace tablecloth, we made a few other changes.
We changed the back of the Orchid blouse pattern to have two buttons (found these two beauties in the stash!) at the top, then hand stitched it closed the rest of the way down so the pattern across the back would match.
Since there were already two layers, we changed the neckline by omitting the facing and finishing it with wide seam binding. It adds to the vintage feel of the pattern.
We love the vintage-ness of the pattern, fabric and tried to replicate them with the photo shoot. A doll and tea party seemed to fit the ticket, as did the large hair bow.
Annie did an excellent job at looking somber in some of the photos, like the girls did in the vintage photographs we showed her.
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We love the Clever Charlotte Orchid pattern! And the Mabel Madison corduroy was very inspirational for us to work with. We were honored to have the privilege of combining the two into a piece of art!
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