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Salida Skirt & Key Largo Top

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Make 9 (outfits) update #2

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear.  Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.  

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage.  But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard.  And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!

Let’s talk about this fabric.  This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time.  It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI.  But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique.  It can be done to many different substrates.  This substrate is a thicker cotton.  It’s really soft and nice to wear.  I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla.  I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric.  Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape.  It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias.  I love the shape and style lines of this skirt.  I did add length to the skirt.  The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long.  (Hello long legs!)  I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem.  It came out just right!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable.  But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear.  I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.

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